Johnny Depp memorabilia surges in value as Edward Scissorhands sleeve sells for $81K in auction: Johnny Depp-related memorabilia has surged in value in the wake of the actor’s highly-publicized defamation trial.
Johnny Depp-related memorabilia has surged in value in the wake of the actor’s highly-publicized defamation trial.
The company Propstore on Tuesday sold a prop from the actor’s 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands – and insert hand with scissors the star wore in the motion picture – for $81,250, TMZ reported on Wednesday.
The total nearly doubled the projected value of the prop, as experts last month estimated the piece of film memorabilia was expected to sell in a range between $30,000 and $50,000, according to the outlet.
Sources with the auctioneer told the outlet that the trial, and result in Depp’s favor, was instrumental in driving demand for the item.
Another piece of Depp-related memorabilia, the motorcycle he used in the 1990 John Waters film Cry-Baby, is slated to go up for sale on Kruse GWS Auctions with an opening bid of $250,000 TMZ previously reported.
Depp starred in the titular role in the 1990 Tim Burton film alongside a cast that included his ex-girlfriend Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Arkin and the late Vincent Price.
His character was an artificial man whose inventor (Price) died before completing him, leaving him with scissors for hands. He eventually ventures into suburbia where he is taken in by a family, and encounters problems with others in the neighborhood.
The film took in $56 million at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and remains a cult classic more than 31 years after its release.
Depp earlier this month was awarded more than $10 million in his libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 opinion piece she penned for The Washington Post in which she called herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse,’ but didn’t mention the actor’s name.
Much of the televised trial was centered around Heard’s claims Depp – who she wed in February of 2015 and filed for divorce from in May of 2016 – physically and sexually abused her, as she said he had attacked her on more than a dozen occasions. Depp denied that he ever hit Heard, saying that she had been abusive to him.
Depp had been awarded $15 million in damages, which was reduced by the judge to $10.4 million in accordance to state law limitations in regards to punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million by the jury for damages stemming from remarks made by a Depp lawyer that Heard had concocted a story and trashed an apartment she shared with Depp to make it look bad when authorities were summoned to the scene.
In the wake of the trial, Depp released a statement saying he was ‘truly humbled’ ad that the jury ‘gave [him his] life back’ with the verdict.
‘From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,’ he said. ‘Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.’