For sale: DeLorean, low mileage, but plenty of years on the clock

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A DeLorean car on the red carpet during the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City.  (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
A DeLorean car on the red carpet during the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
  • A prop car used in promoting the Back to the Future films is going up for auction. 
  • The DeLorean is fully operational and insured.
  • Auctioneers put the estimated sale price at between R2.4 million and R3.2 million.


When this baby hits 88 miles per hour... it's probably not going to take you Back to the Future, but it might just transport a dedicated film buff to weekend runaround heaven.

The wing-doored DeLorean, with an "OUTATIME" license plate and a mock-up flux capacitor, is among a host of movie memorabilia up for auction in California next month.

But unlike Thor's Hammer, Obi Wan Kenobi's lightsaber or Wilson the spiky-haired volleyball-cum-friend from Castaway, which are also on the block, the DeLorean doesn't just have to sit on display: you can actually drive it.

"This DeLorean is fully operational, registered and insured with... current mileage of 22 532," says the auction catalog published by movie specialists Propstore.

"As this is a functioning vehicle, a legal transfer of title will need to take place before delivery can be arranged."

The car, which was used for events promoting Robert Zemeckis's Back to the Future trilogy, is expected to shift for between $150 000 and $200 000 (R2.4 million to R3.2 million).

Anyone after a slightly less Earth-bound vehicle might want to consider splashing out up to $1 million (R16 million) on an X-Wing that took part in the attack on the Death Star at the end of the original Star Wars.

"We were able to match it to a scene where the Red leader goes down, so you actually see this particular one on screen," said Chuck Costas, Propstore vice-president.

The catch is that it's only around two feet (60 centimeters) long - a little small for a stormtrooper, as the saying goes.

Other cinematic goodies expected to be snapped up by film fans include Indiana Jones's grail diary, an expletive-laden wallet wielded by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, Dan Aykroyd's Ghostbusters costume, and boxing shorts worn by Will Smith in biopic Ali.

An animatronic Gizmo used in the filming of Gremlins 2 is probably the cutest lot available, with an expected hammer price of up to $120 000 (R1.9 million ). Just don't feed it after midnight.

"Many of the objects come from collectors, but also from the studios themselves, or they may have belonged to people who actually worked on the filming of the movies at the time," said Costas.

"We have things that are in the hundreds of dollars all the way to hundreds of thousands of dollars. So there's always something from your favorite movie that's in your price range."

The auction takes place online and live in Valencia, near Los Angeles from 21 to 24 June.

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