Most Famous Statuette Ever Up For Auction Nov 25
Bonhams of New York to have rare movie memorabilia auction
Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction as Curated by Turner Classic Movies
When – Nov 25 13:00 EST
Where – New York or online at http://www.bonhams.com
Around three-hundred (300) rare items are going to go on auction November 25 at Bonhams. Of these items, the Falcon statuette used in the movie The Maltese Falcon (1941) highlights the auction, which probably is the most famous Macguffin ever. A “Macguffin” is movie lingo for the item that all the characters in a movie are after and that most of the action surrounds. For example, the Cross of Coronado could be considered a Macguffin from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, although the whole movie doesn’t revolve around that item. Bonhams claims that the Falcon might be the most famous movie prop ever.
I really enjoy the movie The Maltese Falcon and it will be interesting to see if the item itself reaches 1 million dollars. On the Bonhams website, no estimated value is posted, but I have no doubt that the starting bid will be quite pricey. This item is a one-of-a-kind museum piece that will never come again. I would definately bid if I were a rich guy! To prove it is genuine, the statuette has the Warner Brother’s archival mark and has a rich history of travelling the museum circuit.
Of the other items, none rival the Falcon, but there are a number of noted pieces. You can peruse these items on the Bonhams website and even watch the auction online. At first I wasn’t very interested, but after looking through the site, I changed my mind! There are many things included in this auction that make it worthwhile to check back on. I wonder how much they’ll go for. Here are some of the ones I found interesting: (You might like others!)
1. The Maltese Falcon
2. A diving helmet from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
3. Steve McQueen’s worn racing jacket from Le Mans (1971)
4. Clark Cable personal wristwatch
5. The 1940 Buick Phaeton car used in Casablanca (1942) (only 450,000 to 500,000 dollars)
6. Marilyn Monroe’s High School Yearbook!
7. Hand-written letter from Marilyn Monroe
8. Signed photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
9. Charlton Heston’s cloak from Ben-Hur
10. John Wayne cowboy hat
11. Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes jacket from Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
12. A batsuit, cape and cowl worn by Michael Keaton as Batman in Batman Returns (1992)
13. Jack Nicholson’s Joker suit and jacket from Batman (1989)
13. Sam Spade’s chair from The Maltese Falcon
14. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) screenplay that is hand-typed by director John Huston
15. A can that says “Soylent Green” on it. And a green cracker. lol.
16. A prototype prop of Han Solo in Carbonite from Empire Strikes Back.
This is quite an interesting event (to me at least) and quite unlike the regular movie news.
Maybe I’ll do a movie review of The Maltese Falcon! Stay tuned because I’ll be watching the dollar signs.
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- 1940 Buick Phaeton Driven by Bogie in Casablanca at Auction (extravaganzi.com)
- Maltese Falcon from 1941 film to be auctioned in New York City – New York Daily News (donnellyunh.wordpress.com)
- Einstein Letters, Maltese Falcon Go to Auction (live.wsj.com)