art & design

Hollywood Memorabilia Sale at Bonhams makes $9.1milion

New York – Con una sala piena di telecamere e centinaia di persone più altre in collegamento via internet e telefono, il 24 novembre è andata in scena l’asta Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia. Sono stati aggiudicati quasi il 90% dei lotti per un valore $ 9,1 milioni.

Dal mitico Casablanca (1942) il pianoforte color salmone su cui Dooley Wilson interpreta “As Time Goes By” e in cui Humphrey Bogart nasconde i suoi documenti, ha realizzato $ 3.4 milioni. Gli stessi documenti di Humphrey Bogart sono stati venduti per $ 118.750.

Le porte esterne del Rick’s Café Américain, sono state aggiudicate a $ 115 mila. Sono visibili nella prima apparizione del caffè e tutti i personaggi principali ci passano attraverso.

Dalla trilogia de Il Signore degli Anelli , la spada di Aragorn ha raggiunto $ 437.000. La spada è stata realizzata appositamente dal maestro fabbro Peter Lyon ed è una delle sole quattro fatte per Viggo Mortensen per il film The Return Of The King.

Lot 369 - Aragorn's sword Andúril, made for Viggo Mortensen, from Lord of the Rings The Return Of The King - 2

Dal meraviglioso classico fantasy, Il mago di Oz (1939), il costume del Leone Codardo, ha realizzato $ 3 milioni. Fu creato con una vera pelle di leone e indossato da Bert Lahr per tutto il film.

Lot 128 - Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz - 1

 

Il vestito di prova di Dorothy è stato venduto per $ 245.000. Indossato da Judy Garland come Dorothy nel periodo di pre-produzione quando i costumi, le acconciature e tutti gli aspetti artistici sono rifiniti prima di dare inizio alle riprese.

Lot 127 - A Dorothy test dress and pinafore from The Wizard of Oz - 1Commentando il successo dell’asta, Catherine Williamson, Entertainment Memorabilia Director per Bonhams, ha detto: “Questa asta dimostra ancora una volta quanto fascino suscitino i cult movie di oggi e di ieri. Oggetti di scena, costumi e copioni di film di tutte le epoche continuano a raggiungere nuovi primati di vendita e noi siamo orgogliosi di poter offrire queste meravigliose selezioni per gli appassionati di tutto il mondo”.

La prossima astsa Entertainment Memorabilia si terrà a Los Angeles il prossimo marzo 2015.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com


New York— With a packed saleroom, TV cameras rolling, and hundreds of bidders tuning in via telephone and the Internet, the TCM Presents…There’s No Place Like Hollywood auction at Bonhams New York on November 24 lived up to expectations, selling almost 90% of its lots by value, and fetching $9.1 million in sales.

Highlights from the evening included:

From the classic wartime drama, Casablanca (1942)

•    The iconic piano from Rick’s Café which fetched $3,413,000: The salmon-colored piano on which Dooley Wilson plays, “As Time Goes By”, and in which Humphrey Bogart hides the precious transit papers.

•    The production-made “transit papers,” which sold for $118,750: The document that was as central to the plot as the piano.

•    The exterior doors of Rick’s Café Américain, which realized $115,000: Visible in the first appearance of the café, and through which all of the main characters pass.

•    A mimeographed manuscript of Everyone Comes To Rick’s with the Warner Bros. reader’s report, which fetched $106,250: The manuscript that convinced the studio to produce the movie.

From the Academy Award® winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003) , and presented from the collection of internationally acclaimed actor Sir Christopher Lee and his wife, Lady Lee

•    Aragorn’s sword ‘Andúril,’ which achieved $437,000, soaring past its high estimate: The sword was specially made by master swordsmith Peter Lyon and was one of only four hero swords made for Viggo Mortensen to use in The Return Of The King.

•    Saruman’s staff, which sold for $125,000, past its high estimate: The staff was the evil wizard’s primary weapon and features heavily in the first two films.

From the beloved classic, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

•    The original Cowardly Lion costume, which realized $3,077,000: Created from a real lion hide and worn by Bert Lahr throughout the film

•    Bert Lahr’s working script from The Wizard of Oz, which realized $75,000: Used by the actor to create his classic character.

•    Dorothy’s dress, which sold for $245,000: A blue gingham “test” dress and pinafore worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy during the essential pre-production period, when costumes, hairstyles and all artistic aspects of moviemaking are refined prior to filming.

From the film noir, Gilda (1946)

•    Rita Hayworth’s two-piece costume achieved $161,000, many times above the high estimate: She wore this shimmering costume during her performance in a nightclub in Montevideo.

On the success of the auction, Dr. Catherine Williamson, Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams, says, “Our second auction with Turner Classic Movies further proves the appeal of iconic films from both past and present. Key props, costumes, and scripts from films of all eras continue to reach new heights at auction and we were very pleased to present this fantastic selection of memorabilia to fans the world over.”

The next Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction will be held in Los Angeles in March 2015. The next TCM & Bonhams auction will be held in the second half of 2015 in New York.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez

www.meridianae.com – info@meridianae.com

www.oredelmondo.com – info@oredelmondo.com

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