- Movie: “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)
One of the most recognizable movie props of all time, the falcon statuette from “The Maltese Falcon” is also one of the most controversial. In 2013, a heavy lead statuette, which was then believed to be the original prop, sold at auction for $4.1 million to Steve Wynn, owner of the Las Vegas hotel and casino. However, a number of other falcons, notably not made of lead, have resurfaced in recent years, and the owners of these plastic and plaster statues all claim that they are, in fact, the originals. While experts are still trying to sort the whole mess out, and several of the props have been authenticated, the mystery about which one is actually the original falcon remains.