The most expensive movie cars sold at auction

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Movie and TV cars are always hot tickets when auctioned. the Ferris Buller Ferrari sold for over $300,000 and Stephen King’s cult classic Plymouth Fury Christina almost sold for $200,000. However, compared to other cars, $200,000 for a movie car is a breeze. The 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard, aka General Lee, has sold for over $9 million, and some of the cars driven by Steve Mcqueen (a famous gearhead) have sold for over $10 million!

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These are the most expensive movie cars ever bought at auction. Please note that this list focuses on movie cars, not TV, in case a reader wonders why the aforementioned General Lee isn’t on this list.

ten 1929 Gay Divorced’s Duesenberg Model J – $2.4 million


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This Model J coupe with a disappearing convertible top sold for $2.4 million at Sotheby’s in 2012. The car was used in the beloved 1934 musical starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers About a divorced woman who flees to London and begins a romance with a dancer.


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The Model J is famous because when it was introduced it was seen as America’s answer to the Rolls Royce. Only 480 to 500 were made. Their design is the result of the work of the famous coachbuilder Walter M. Murphy.

9 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider from On the Beach – $2.5 million


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This 1959 film starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins about a fictional World War III in Australia featured this classic hot red Ferrari in several scenes. In 2011, it sold for $2.5 million. Ferrari only produced 35 units of the 750 Monza Spider, making it one of the rarest Ferraris.


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The car also has serious racing potential, which is why it was driven by actor Fred Astaire in a Grandprix race in one of the scenes from the film.


8 1968 Bullitt’s Ford Mustang GT390 – $3.71 million


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Steve McQueen has driven badass cars throughout his career. One of the most popular among fans is the 1968 Ford Mustang GT390 he drove. Bullit, a film about a cop and a politician who work to dismantle a major crime syndicate.


1968 Mustang GT 390 by Bullitt
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With up to 325 horsepower and a 6.4 liter V8 engine like all 1968 Mustang GT 390s, this Steve McQueen trophy sold for $3.71 million in 2020.

seven 1928 Mercedes-Benz S 26/180 Boattail Speedster by Sylvia Scarlett – $3.7 million


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One of the rarest and most attractive Mercedes-Benz cars ever made, this 1928 beauty had the honor of being the car of choice in the 1935s Sylvia Scarlette with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. The film tells the story of a woman who poses as a man to get more work to help her financially struggling family.


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Fun fact about this Mercedes, it was a very popular car of choice among Hollywood stars in the golden age of cinema. Groucho Marx, Al Jolson, Mae West and several other stars have at one point been scenes behind the wheel of this classic.

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6 1954 Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta La fortuna di essere gave – $4.62 million


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La fortuna di essere gave with Sophia Lauren and Charles Boyer. In the film, the Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta attracts as much attention as the stars of the film. Only 7 were made and the cars were designed specifically for racing and car shows.


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They could reach 340 horsepower and had an impressive V12 engine. In 2010, at a show in Pebble Beach, California, RM Auctions sold the movie car for $4.62 million.

5 1966 Batman’s Batmobile – $4.6 million


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Several interpretations of batmobile float, but the converted 1955 Lincoln used in 1960s film and television series deserves special recognition for being one of Hollywood’s most popular cars of all time.


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This fan favorite is recorded as being sold for $4.6 million by Barret-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, several other versions of the Batmobile exist and are waiting to be sold.

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4 Goldfinger’s Aston Martin DB5 – $4.6 million


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James Bond cars are some of the most popular, especially the Aston Martins that actors love Sean Connery found themselves behind. The Oscar-winning Bond movie The golden finger featured one of Bond’s sleekest rides, a silver Aston Martin DB5.


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Some of the early DB5s were used in James Bond films, and their appearances in the films cemented their legacy as some of the most popular cars to come from England. Eventually, the DB5 used in that award-winning Bond movie sold for the same price as the Batmobile, $4.6 million.


3 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta from The Love Bug – $6.71 million


1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta
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While the brave and lovable VW named Herbie was the star, in The love bug another car steals the show. The 1956 250 GT LWB Berlinetta was the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering. In 2012, RM Auctions sold the car for nearly $7 million.


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The 1956 Berlinetta had nearly 300 horsepower and had a top speed of 167 mph. This Ferrari got a lot of screen time in the movie, which was the second highest-grossing film of 1969.

2 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe from Redline 7000 – $7.69 million


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This stylish Shelby from one of director Howard Hawks’ most underrated films sold for a surprisingly high amount in August 2009. Bought for almost $8 million, the car was sold by Mecum Auctions after having transported actors like James Caan.


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Intentionally featured in the film advertise the Shelby, this car and its starring role make it one of the earliest examples of product placement in Hollywood history.

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1 1968 Ford Gulf GT40 Le Mans – $11 million


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This racer is recorded as the most expensive movie car ever sold. It is also the most expensive car ever sold. From Le Mans, another film starring notorious equipment chief Steve McQueen, this car was used both as a camera car for the film and as a prominent prop.


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Specifically designed as a speed racing car, the car sold for a whopping $11 million at auction. Among other firsts for this car, it is one of the first cars designed with carbon fiber parts.


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