LAIKA animation puppets bring $1 million at Heritage



2015-06-26 11:27:20

A Heritage auction featuring puppets and props from the renowned LAIKA animation studio has raised more than $1 million in Beverly Hills.

The sale on February 12 featured a wealth of screen-used puppets, maquettes, props, set pieces, and original production art from the Academy Award-nominated films The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.

"Collectors and fans around the world turned out en masse to show their love for these films and to try to get a piece of the studio's legacy," said Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions' Director of Animation Art. "The response to this auction has really been unprecedented, with amazing enthusiasm."

Leading the sale was the sinister Evil Other Mother production puppet from the 2009 movie Coraline, which sold for $50,190 - five times its pre-sale estimate of $10,000. A puppet of the title character herself also scored a big result, selling for $23,900 against an estimate of just $5,000+.

Further top lots included a ParaNorman Norman puppet which sold for $28,680, an Archibald Snatcher puppet from the studio's most recent film The Boxtrolls which realized $23,900, and a cat puppet from Coraline which brought $17,925.

"We're so pleased by the support from animation fans around the world," said Travis Knight, LAIKA's President & CEO. "We're also thrilled to support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is to use the power of art to heal and change lives. That's really at the core of LAIKA's mission as well, and we're deeply grateful that our work has resonated so strongly with so many."

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