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Titanic’s iconic “door” prop fetches over $700k at auction



The wood panel from Titanic’s famous survival scene sells amid ongoing fan debate

In an auction that captured the attention of film enthusiasts and collectors alike, the iconic wooden panel from the 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” has sold for a staggering $718,750. This piece of movie history, central to one of the film’s most debated scenes, has finally found a new owner.

The scene in question, where Rose, played by Kate Winslet, survives the freezing Atlantic waters by clinging to a floating piece of wood, has sparked discussions among fans for decades. Critics argue that the panel was large enough to support both Rose and her lover Jack, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, potentially saving him from his tragic demise.

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Adding fuel to the fire, the prop’s auction listing at Heritage Auctions acknowledged the fan-driven controversy, stating, “The prop has caused much debate from fans.” This detail only heightened interest in the piece, emphasizing its significance in pop culture and cinematic history.

Despite the ongoing debates, the film’s director, James Cameron, has addressed the issue, humorously conceding that while the prop’s size might have been a mistake, the storyline required Jack’s death. His comments have done little to quell the discussions, which have become a lasting part of the “Titanic” legacy.

The prop, often erroneously referred to as a door, was inspired by actual debris from the 1912 Titanic disaster. Measuring approximately 8 feet in length and 41 inches in width, its sale highlights the enduring fascination with the film and its memorable moments.

The auction, conducted by the restaurant and resort chain Planet Hollywood, featured a range of iconic movie memorabilia. Among the notable sales were the whip from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” fetching $525,000, and a Spiderman suit worn by Tobey Maguire, which sold for $125,000. Also, an axe used by Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” matched the Spiderman suit in its auction price, further underscoring the event’s significance in the realm of entertainment memorabilia.

Concluding on Sunday evening, the auction raised a total of $15.68 million, marking it as one of the most successful sales of a prop and costume collection to date, according to Heritage Auctions. The event not only celebrated the history and impact of these cinematic treasures but also showcased the competitive spirit of collectors vying to own a piece of movie magic.


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