14 Iconic Props That Were Lost, Stolen, Or Downright Disrespected

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14 Iconic Props That Were Lost, Stolen, Or Downright Disrespected

There's a lot that goes into the magic of the silver screen. From writers rooms, to the directors chair, to the key grip, to the makeup and effects folks. It takes an army of people all working together to bring Hollywood's stories to life. While some people might love the acting, the vistas, the plot or the cinematography, there's one element of film that you probably love without even realizing it. That's right, we're talking about PROPS. Those odd little objects and artifacts that become irreversibly associated with a film.

Unfortunately, despite (or even because of!) the intense veneration these objects inspire, sometimes the most famous props are also the objects of theft or vandalism. Sometimes they just get lost!

We did a deep dive to uncover more than a dozen examples of props that did not meet the fate they deserved.

For example, For a town that loves to document the human experience, and the full spectrum of human emotion, Hollywood sure isn't very sentimental. That's why these ground-breaking, trend-setting, history-making props ended up in the garbage:

THE WIZARD OF OZ Dorothy's shoes CRACKED.COM No pair of ruby slippers is safe from the denizens of wikifeet. Only 4 of the 7 original pairs are accounted for and some of those are in the hands of theives. Someone even stole a pair from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota.
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Scrumdidilyumptious Bars CRACKED.COM All but one of the thousands of fake candy bars were unceremoniously tossed to make room for Cabaret in 1972. Collector Gee Gregor seems to have the only one that survived the carnage.

Source: BBC

SPIDER-MAN Spidey's suit CRACKED.COM After 4 Spidey suits (worth $50k each) went missing from the Sony Pictures lot, a security guard's ex-wife tipped off authorities. They raided his home, which led them to all 4 suits, plus a $150k Batman suit that had been missing since 1996.
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