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"Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings" Treasures Bring "Titanic" Prices at Auction

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Some extremely valuable pieces of Hollywood memorabilia generated big bucks at an auction over the weekend.

"Profile in History's Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction" put pieces like an extremely rare X-Wing fighter model from Star Wars and the bow used by Orlando Bloom in the Lord of the Rings films under the hammer, and the prices fetched were nothing short of blockbuster.

Bloom's bow -- which was plastic, but painted to look like wood -- was sold for $372,000, including the auctioneer's fee, more than double what was expected, The Hollywood Reporter notes.

A dress Kate Winslet wore in Titanic went for $330,000, while the X-Wing -- thought to be one of just a few to survive -- was sold for $270,000, far exceeding the $120,000 it was thought to fetch.

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Daniel Craig's 007 Swim Trunks Fetch $72,000 at Auction

Greg Williams/Eon Productions via Getty Images(LONDON) -- The swim trunks that Daniel Craig wore as James Bond in his first 007 film, Casino Royale, sold for almost $72,000 at a charity auction in London on Friday, the BBC reports.

Actress Judi Dench, who has played Bond’s boss M, and continues the role in the upcoming Skyfall, introduced the blue swimsuit at the auction. 

Dench joked, "All I'm going to tell you is they're unwashed."

An Aston Martin DBS driven by Craig in Quantum Of Solace sold for nearly $390,000.  A copy of the orchestral score to Skyfall's theme song, signed by Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth, sold for $22,000.

In all, some 50 pieces of James Bond memorabilia were sold by Christie's on Friday, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first Bond movie, Dr. No.  Proceeds from the auction benefited several charities.

Skyfall, which also stars Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem, opens in theaters nationwide on Nov. 9.

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Designers Auction $15,000 Pink Diamond Barbie

CharityBuzz(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity fashion designers Phillipe and David Blond have shrunken their clothing for a much smaller client: Barbie.  Known for their fun and glamorous approach to fashion, the team, known as The Blonds, have given Barbie a pink diamond touch you won’t see in toy stores.

Estimated to be worth $15,000 at auction, Barbie’s ensemble is inspired by a runway look from The Blonds’ 2008 show.  Bill Greening, principal designer at Mattel, worked with them to create the pink diamond doll that debuted this month at The Blonds Spring 2013 show.

Barbie’s dress and pumps, made of fuschia and rose gems, were “hand embellished by The Blonds themselves,” a company statement says.  Her look includes a faux fur coat, pink stud earrings and sparkling ring.  A collector’s item, the doll includes a display case and certificate of authenticity.

The auction is being conducted on the website Charitybuzz, and proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund organization.  At this writing, the highest bid was $4,250. Bidding ends on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT.

This isn’t the most expensive doll ever.  In 2010, a bidder won a doll wearing a diamond choker for $300,000.

If you love the doll but can’t afford its high price tag, offers a similar version for $125, but it is currently back-ordered until December.

The Blonds clothing is meant for private clients and is not available in stores.  In addition to Barbie, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry have all worn dresses created by the designers.

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Elvis Presley’s Crypt to Be Sold at Auction

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The crypt where Elvis Presley was first laid to rest before his body was reburied at Graceland will go under the auctioneer's hammer next month.

The New York Times reports the private crypt, in the mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., will be just one of many rock and roll memorabilia items scheduled for auction by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Elvis Presley was interred in the private crypt alongside his mother Gladys for about two months after he died in 1977 while Presley’s father waited for permission to perform a burial at the singer’s Graceland estate.  The crypt, which has remained empty ever since, is expected to go on sale at a starting price of $100,000.

Other items featured in the upcoming sale include a cigarette pack signed by The Beatles, a robe worn by Amy Winehouse in her video for “Rehab,” and a collection of Chinese ceramic dogs once owned by Meat Loaf.  The auction will run June 23 and 24.

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Nude Photos of Marilyn, Madonna Up for Auction

Bonhams(NEW YORK) -- Nude photographs of American icons Marilyn Monroe and Madonna were up for auction at Bonhams.

A black-and-white photograph of Madonna, taken by U.S. photographer Steven Meisel in 1990, hit the auction block Tuesday along with more than 150 other items. The music icon, known for her often-racy outfits, posed naked, cigarette in hand, with only a sheet to partially cover herself.  The photo Tuesday was sold to the highest bidder for $23,750 -- more than double its estimated value of $10,000.

An image of Marilyn Monroe from her final photo shoot with only a sheer scarf to hold over her breasts are set to be auctioned in London on May 17. The photograph of the blonde bombshell is just one of several images included in the collection, which is estimated to be worth $24,000. The picture was taken by U.S. photographer Bert Stern.

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Michael Jackson Surgical Mask Fetching Big Auction Bids

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- One of the black surgical masks Michael Jackson used to wear in public has gone on the auction block, thanks to one of his former bodyguards who owns it.  And it's attracting some big spenders.

The Nate D. Sanders Auctions website shows the current bid for the mask -- which comes with a smudge of the King of Pop's makeup and apparently one of his stray hairs -- at last check has topped $20,000.  The bit of memorabilia comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from Eric Muhammad, the bodyguard who possesses the mask and who claims Jackson wore it the night before he died.

Bidding ends April 30th.

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Whitney Houston Items to Be Auctioned Saturday

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that Whitney Houston’s no longer with us, how much is her stuff worth?  We’ll find out this weekend, when a collection of items worn by the late diva will be going up for sale as part of Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends” auction.

In a strange twist of fate, several of her items were set to be included in this particular auction even before she was found dead in her hotel room bathtub on Feb. 11.  “We were one week away from going to the printer [with the catalog],” Julien’s Auctions Executive Director Martin Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “And of course,  as soon as she passed away, people called us to say they had [more] Whitney Houston items.”

The question is whether or not the price of Houston’s possessions will now go through the roof following her death, as did the possessions of Michael Jackson. “This will be, in fact, the first auction of items owned by Whitney Houston that will go on the auction block since she passed away.  So the world media -- in fact, everyone -- is curious to know just how collectible she has become,” said Nolan.

All in all, Nolan said there are about a dozen of Houston’s items going on the block March 31, adding, “Some from her personal life and some from stage performances, and some from her acting career from the movie The Bodyguard, which she’s obviously very famous for.”  Among the items: a vest and two sets of earrings that she wore in The Bodyguard, several stage costumes, including a black lace pantsuit, a gold satin jacket and a beaded bustier; and a grey velvet gown that she wore to Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party in 1996.

And in case you’re thinking that the auction house must’ve jacked up the prices on the Houston items after her death, they didn’t.  “We did have that conversation and we decided that, no, we would leave the estimates as is and they’re conservative,” Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “So all the auction companies will be looking at this auction to see how collectible she has become and where is the benchmark.”  The items range from about $500 to $2,000 dollars.

As for those who feel this auction is in poor taste, or is taking place too soon, Nolan said that he realizes that “there’s always this certain element of people that feel that yes, maybe it’s a little insensitive.”  However, he feels that the auction house is actually “preserving the history” of Houston by documenting her possessions and telling their story.  “We’re protecting her legacy and that’s what we have,” said Nolan. “You know, she’s no longer with us, but we want to keep that memory alive.”

Those who want to watch the auction live, or even bid, can access the sale at  The first session takes place 10 a.m. PT on Saturday.

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Whitney Houston Dresses Headed for Auction

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Several dresses that belonged to the late Whitney Houston will go on the auction block in late March.

Julien's Auctions, based in Beverly Hills, has announced that its "Hollywood Legends" auction will also include earrings that Houston wore while shooting her 1992 film The Bodyguard.

Though Houston died just over a week ago, Darren Julien, the owner of Julien's Auctions, says the timing of the sale is a coincidence.

He says, "This is an auction that we've been planning for over six months, so some of the items we've had in our auction and consigned to us prior to her passing."

He says the items in the auction from The Bodyguard set were consigned by an anonymous person who worked with Houston on the movie.

Julien expects the dresses to raise at least a couple of thousand dollars each.  Other items in the auction are expected to fetch much more than that -- for example, a Batman costume from the 1992 film Batman Returns is expected to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000.

The "Hollywood Legends" auction will also feature items connected to Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and Charlton Heston, among others.  The live/online auction will be held on March 31 and April 1.

Julien says his company will auction off more Houston items in the future.

He says, "We have over 50 requests from people wanting to consign other items, but it's past our catalog deadline, so we'll put those in a future auction."

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Orson Welles’ 'Citizen Kane' Oscar Goes on the Auction Block

Robert Caplin/Bloomberg News(LOS ANGELES) -- A rare piece of Hollywood history is up for auction. The only Academy Award ever won by the late Orson Welles is being sold Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Oscar statuette is the one Welles received for winning the 1941 Academy Award for best screenplay for his classic film Citizen Kane.  Welles shared the award with Herman Mankiewicz. Citizen Kane is recognized by many as the greatest film of all time.

Nate D. Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions, is selling the Oscar, and tells ABC News Radio there’s a bit of tarnish on the statuette, but it’s still looking good after 70 years. Sanders says the Oscar could fetch as much as one million dollars, and he says it would be worth it because it’s the only Academy Award Welles ever won. In 1971, the Academy did present Welles with an honorary Award for his contribution to film.

Sanders says it’s rare to find an Oscar available for sale, because since 1950, the Academy has required all recipients to sign a contract giving the film industry organization the right to buy the statue back for $1.

Sanders says Welles believed that he had lost his Citizen Kane Oscar, but it resurfaced after his death in 1994 and was bequeathed to his daughter.  Beatrice Welles and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences went to court in 2002 over the statuette, and a judge ruled that she had the right to sell it.

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Kim Kardashian Spends $65K on Elizabeth Taylor's Auctioned Jewelry

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry on Tuesday pulled in $115 million, and Kim Kardashian contributed to that total. reports Kardashian spent nearly $65,000 on three jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz bangle bracelets that belonged to the late actress.  The website's sources say Kardashian not only counted Taylor as one of her idols, she also believes that jade harnesses energy.

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