Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/maltese-falcon-statue-sells-eye-660048
The Maltese Falcon statue from the movie of the same name sold at auction for $4,085,000, including a buyer’s premium of $585,000. The sale was conducted by Bonhams in New York in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies. The price was at the high end of expert estimates for the piece. Bonhams had declined to offer a pre-sale estimate. It ranks with the most expensive pieces of movie and TV memorabilia ever sold at auction, trailing the original Batmobile from the 1960s TV show, which sold for $4.6 million, and the Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger, which sold for $4.1 million. But it far outstripped the $2 million paid for a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, or the $576,000 paid for an Enterprise model used in Star Trek. The falcon statue was one of two made for the movie but the only one known to have appeared on film. According to Bonhams, markings on the statue — particularly a small dent from where the statue was dropped — can be matched to the one on film.