Bonhams reveals the Treasures from the Dream factory sale



2015-11-02 11:34:48

Bonhams has announced the major highlights from its upcoming Hollywood memorabilia sale, Treasures from the Dream Factory.

Held in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the New York auction will offer close to 400 lots including rare props, costumes and archive material from some of cinema history's most iconic films.

"We're thrilled to present this remarkable collection of screen treasures from some of the greatest films of all time," said Vice President and Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams Catherine Williamson.

Previous sales hosted by Bonhams and TCM have seen auction records tumble in recent years. In 2013 the original Maltese Falcon statue from the 1941 film sold for $4.2 million, the highest price ever paid for a prop; and in 2014 the company sold the iconic piano from Casablanca for $3.4 million, followed by Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz for $3 million.

The forthcoming sale will also be led by a costume from the 1939 film – Judy Garland's blouse and pinafore dress. As one of the very few complete Dorothy costumes in existence, the costume is expected to sell for $800,000-$1.2 million.

The costume was originally acquired by Kent Warner, an expert employed by MGM to help organize the now-famous studio auction in 1970, who picked out several pieces for his own collection whilst cataloguing the lots.

Also up for grabs is one of Steve McQueen's most iconic screen-worn costumes: his racing suit from the 1971 film Le Mans. The cult classic is regarded as perhaps the greatest car racing movie of all time, and the suit comes with a valuation of $200,000-$300,000.

Further pieces of Hollywood history include a 'Rosebud' sled gifted to screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz after shooting ended on Citizen Kane (est. $100,000-$200,000), a screen-used 'Golden Ticket' from the 1971 children's classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (est. $10,000-$15,000) and the 1963 VW Beetle used as a stunt car in Disney's Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (est. $50,000-$60,000).

The Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) sale Treasures from the Dream Factory takes place in New York on November 23.

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