2. The Maltese falcon from The Maltese Falcon.
(Note: This is the second entry of a continuing blog post listing props that would be at the top of my collection list if I were to open a movie-themed restaurant.)
There are MacGuffins and then there is “the” MacGuffin, kind of like “the” Ohio State University, and what prop could possibly deserve such a title more than the Maltese falcon? Not merely an excuse for the action, The Maltese falcon provides the title of the film and its opening focus:
In 1539 the Knight Templars of Malta, paid tribute to Charles V of Spain, by sending him a Golden Falcon encrusted from beak to claw with rarest jewels-but pirates seized the galley carrying this priceless token and the fate of the Maltese Falcon remains a mystery to this day –
According to the Wiki entry, “several” falcon props were made for the film. One of them auctioned in 1994 went for $398,500. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to $398,500. I do, however, have a spouse who has access to a 3d printer. Boo-yah.