Updated March 26th, 2024 at 22:03 IST

Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet Starrer Titanic’s Controversial Door Sold For ₹5 Crore In Auction

The iconic Titanic controversial door sold for ₹5 crore at the auction and was the event's highest-selling item, among 16 total props.

The Titanic door | Image:IMDb

The wooden slab that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet hang onto in the last scene of filmmaker James Cameron’s 1997 film ‘Titanic’ has fetched over Rs 5 crore ($718,750) at an auction. Heritage Auctions announced that its recent Treasures From Planet Hollywood auction collected Rs 1,56,80,000 ($15.68) million in total, reports people.com.

Other props sold at auction

Movie props that were sold at the auction included Harrison Ford's bullwhip from 1984's 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', the axe Jack Nicholson wielded in 1980's 'The Shining' and, the piece of balsa wood. While the prop item is referred to as the "floating door" by fans of the movie, the item is actually "part of the door frame just above the (ship’s) first-class lounge entrance," as per the auction.


Controversial 'Titanic' door sells for more than $718K at auction – The New  100.3 Chicago


The iconic prop sold for Rs 5 crore ($718,750) at the auction and turned out to be the event's highest-selling item, among 16 total props that sold for more than Rs 80 lakhs ($100,000). The wooden door was not the only prop from Cameron's film made available at the auction. A prototype of the same piece of wood sold for Rs 1,04,21,200 ($125,000), while the wheel used for the boat in the movie sold for Rs 1,66,74,030 ($200,000).


The dress Winslet wore in the film's final scene as her character Rose and DiCaprio's character Jack descend into the water, sold for Rs 99,00,205 ($118,750), while a telegraph prop used in the film sold for Rs 67,73,824 ($81,250) per a release.


Titanic | Kate Winslet flotsam sells at auction for over $700,000 | Film  Stories


What is the Titanic door controversy?

The wooden prop used in the film has long been the subject of fan debate over whether DiCaprio and Winslet's characters could have both stayed afloat on top of the slab of wood.

The information included within Heritage Auctions' website reads that the slab of wood is "based on the most famous complete piece of debris salvaged from" the real-life April 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic.


(with inputs from IANS)



Published March 26th, 2024 at 22:03 IST