Calling all super-fans! The actual briefcase held by Meghan Markle in Deal or No Deal could be yours — for a price. As you well know, she starred on the game show before she was a royal as one of the series’ briefcase models. From 2006 to 2007, she held onto the case emblazoned with the number 24 on it. And now, you can hold it too if you place the right bid.
The item is up for auction through Profile in History’s Hollywood: A Collector’s Ransom auction taking place December 17 through December 19. Per the collection’s listing catalog, it has something for everyone. In addition to Meghan’s briefcase, the auction includes things like screen gowns worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic movie Cleopatra, the jumper Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the first two weeks of filming The Wizard of Oz, and Jeff Goldblum’s signature black leather jacket from Jurassic Park.
As for Meghan’s prop briefcase (#783 on the auction list), it’s described as being “constructed from lightweight, deep drawn aluminum, with chromed handle, hinges and latch lock closure.” The black acrylic and metal “24” is affixed to the front casing. And in case you’re wondering what amount the case “held” the last time it was used on Deal or No Deal, that amount is $5,000 — which is featured inside the case in the form of a cast resin block with raised numbers.
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So, you’re probably wondering how much this briefcase would set you back, right? It’s expected to go for between $4,000 and $6,000 so, hopefully, you have some savings set aside. For reference, Taylor’s “Entrance Into Rome” and interment gown from Cleopatra is expected to fetch a cool $20,000 to $30,000.
Although Meghan’s time on Deal or No Deal was short-lived, it was a jumping-off point for her career. And if you ask host Howie Mandel, the fact that the now-Duchess even appeared on the game show speaks to the caliber of its briefcase models. “Not everybody will have an opportunity to meet royalty, but these are all accomplished people that have something substantial. They’re not just standing there holding a case — they have careers, they have hobbies, they have families, they’re entrepreneurial,” Mandel told reporters during a Television Critics Association summer press tour panel in 2018. “So when somebody like [Prince] Harry meets somebody who just happened to be on our show, there’s a lot to offer!”
Mandel even implied that the writing was on the wall (or should we say on the briefcase?). Of Meghan’s pre-royalty year on the show, he joked, “She was slightly duchessy.