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Royalties on 1983 Finance Classic ‘Trading Places’ Go Up for Bid

Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places.”

Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in “Trading Places.”

Source: Courtesy Everett Collection

It’s not quite a secret report on the orange crop, but fans of the film "Trading Places" looking for their next investment can bid on a producer’s share of royalties for the 1983 comedy classic.

The comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd has become a finance favorite with its depiction of commodities trading. Its original theatrical run grossed $90 million and the film is considered a Christmas classic in Italy, where it is rebroadcast every Christmas Eve. The movie even merited a mention in the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation, which prohibited insider trading on commodities in a provision that Gary Gensler, then chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, dubbed “the Eddie Murphy rule.”