Charlie Chaplin’s iconic bowler hat and cane are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend, as part of an auction which also includes a John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono.
The hat and cane, trademark of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character, are in “remarkable condition” and are estimated to go for between $40,000 and $60,000 at the sale by auction house Bonhams on Sunday.
A woman enters during a press preview at auction house Bonham’s in Hollywood, California, where Charlie Chaplin’s iconic bowler hat and cane are to go under the hammer in this weekend as part of an auction which also includes the John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono, part of the Lennon lot estomated between $18,000 and $22,000 , among memorabilia from other artists. — AFP Photo
Legend has it that Chaplin came up with the tramp persona and wardrobe spontaneously one rainy afternoon in February 1914, seizing various wardrobe items in a communal male dressing room at a Hollywood studio.
These included baggy trousers from Fatty Arbuckle, size 14 shoes which he had to wear on the wrong feet to keep them falling off, the hat belonging to Arbuckle’s father-in-law, and a mustache intended for another actor.
Two pairs of Bing Crosby’s golf shoes, esitmated between $200 and $400, on display during a press preview at auction house Bonham’s in Hollywood, California. — AFP Photo
The 32-inch (81-centimeter) bamboo cane is inscribed “CCLT 36” in black ink, a reference to the Little Tramp, Chaplin’s signature character.
Other items on sale include a handwritten letter by Lennon with a nude drawing of himself and Yoko, sent to an avant-garde magazine publisher in connection with the controversial 1968 “Two Virgins” album cover.
A Charlie Parker Buescher Aristocrat E-flat alto saxophone, estimated between $22,000 and $26,000 is dusted before being placed on display during a press preview at auction house Bonham’s in Hollywood, California. — AFP Photo
The letter is estimated to go for between $18,000 and $22,000, while several other Beatles-related items are also up for sale, including a set of autographs of the four band members before a 1964 Hollywood Bowl show ($4,500 to $6,500).
A woman views memorabilia from Bing Crosby, including a display of his movie posters, during a press preview at auction house Bonham’s in Hollywood, California. — AFP Photo
A saxophone which once belonged to jazz legend Charlie Parker has a reserve price of $22,000 to $26,000.
Also on sale are various items related to Marilyn Monroe and three signed, abstract original oil paintings by crooner Frank Sinatra.