By Culturekiosque Staff
NEW YORK, 3 DECEMBER 2013 Auction house Bonhams has sold the
iconic lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the classic 1941 film
noir of the same name for a record $4,085,000. The statuette was the top
lot in Bonhams special sale held on 25 November in conjunction with Turner
Classic Movies (TCM), What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie
Magic At Auction As Curated By Turner Classic Movies.
"The spectacular price achieved reflects the statuette's tremendous
significance. The Maltese Falcon is arguably the most important movie prop
ever, and is central to the history of cinema, " explained Dr Catherine
Williamson, the Director of the Entertainment Memorabilia Department at
Bonhams. "The sale totaled just under $6,000,000 - a superb result for our
inaugural sale with our partners, Turner Classic Movies."
Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese
Additional highlights included the 1940 Buick Phaeton automobile from
Casablanca which realized $461,000; an Audrey Hepburn Givenchy
hat from Funny Face that quadrupled its estimate to reach
$87,500; and a Nautilus Diver's Helmet from 20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea that sold for $81,250.
Headline image: Lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from
the 1941 film of the same name.
11 7/8 H. x 4 1/2 in D. x 5 in W.
Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.
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