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Iconic movie props that were tragically misplaced (15 Photos)
Once the most intimidating piece of weaponry in the entire Galaxy, the Death Star became a living room decoration for one lucky collector.
Fox was keeping it in a storage center until they decided to close their account. They ordered everything thrown away but it was snatched by a watchful worker. It made its way from to an antique shop in Missouri, and then a music store where it was used as a trash can before a collector later rescued it and restored it.
Actor Sean Astin (Mikey) walked off of the set of the Goonies with One Eyed Willie’s treasure map. He never asked for permission and no one ever asked him about it.
He kept it at his mother’s house for safe keeping but when he looked to pick it up later it was gone. He told an audience at a Goonies 30th anniversary screening that he suspected his mother threw it in the trash.
One of the pairs of Ruby Slippers Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz were on display at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota until 2005 when they were stolen. It was rumored that the thief, being chased, tossed the slippers into the nearby Tioga Mine Pit Lake while making his escape. They have never been found.
Another piece of Wizard of Oz memorabilia, the hand painted backgrounds depicting the Emerald city were carelessly thrown away when the studio hired a moving company in the 1970’s to transport some props between warehouses.
The Maltese Falcon prop was walked off the set by character actor Elisha Cook, Jr in 1941. It was ironically stolen in 2007 and was never returned despite a substantial reward offered. Fans of the film had a good laugh at the expense of Elisha Cook, Jr.
There were three Golden Guns made for the James Bond adventure the Man with the Golden Gun. All three were on display until one was discovered to be missing in 2008 and has not been located since.
Four of Spider-Man’s red and blue suits went missing from the Sony lot during filming in 2001. Police got a tip from the ex-wife of a security guard. When his home was searched they found a Batman suit that had gone missing in 1996 and the guard coincidentally worked for WB at the time.
The Spider-Man suits were eventually located and the guard served 9 months in jail.
Blade Runner’s Deckard carried an iconic gun with dual triggers and a beautiful design. Three guns were used on set but one went missing.
About a month after the film was released to theaters, highly accurate replicas were flooding the market. Probably not coincidence.
The Easy Rider chopper was unfortunately chopped.
There were four used during production. One was destroyed while filming and the other three were stolen during filming and presumably sold for parts.
There are many replica leg lamps being sold online for any collector but unfortunately none of the original props are known to be intact. According to Peter Jones, who owns the home used in the film, all of the lamps have been thrown away.
James Tumblin was tracking down props and costumes from Gone with the Wind for a collection. During his search he saw Vivien Leigh’s screen-used dresses in a pile in the corner of a costume companies offices. He recognized them and asked about the dresses. He was told they were being thrown away and he offered $20 to keep them.
In 2015 he was able to sell them at auction for $137,000.
The Scrumdidilyumptious chocolate bar was the chocolate de jure in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Thousands were made for the film but almost all of them were thrown away hastily as the crew broke down production to set up for
Cabaret which was to be filmed on the same set.
Only one is known to still exist today.
55 Oscar statues were stolen in March of 2000. 52 were recovered when found in the trash. Another was found in a Miami drug raid. Two are still missing.
Siskel and Ebert was the premiere film review show for more than 20 years. When the show came to an end workers destroyed the theater style set with crowbars according to Roger Ebert himself.
Barry Livingston was a child actor on the Desilu Studios lot. He and his brother would play with a model of New York between takes. One day the cityscape was gone. Everything there had been thrown away.
Turns out it was the replica New York City from 1933’s King Kong; gone forever.