Famous Movie Props

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 22, 2007
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Q What happens to famous movie and TV memorabilia, like the beautiful gun Alan Ladd used in Shane or the staff Charlton Heston used in The Ten Commandments?
—Mel Hilliard, Burlington, N.C.

Props can go in different directions after a movie is finished. According to Entertainment Tonight movie expert Leonard Maltin, Charlton Heston, who played Moses in The Ten Commandments—now available on a 50th-anniversary DVD—has one of the staffs used in the movie. (As with many props, there were duplicates.) Maltin is fairly certain the gun from Shane was returned to the studio's massive props department, where it may have been lost in the shuffle. Back in the 1950s, when both movies were filmed, props weren't necessarily seen as anything special. Some iconic props fall into the hands of collectors and are carefully preserved and treasured. Late last year, the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's was auctioned for more than $923,000.