LAIKA animation puppets to sell at Heritage Auctions



2015-06-26 11:26:31

Heritage Auctions has announced details of a special sale featuring puppets and artwork from the LAIKA animation studio.

The Art of LAIKA, which takes place in Beverly Hills on February 12, will feature more than 250 lots from the studio's three critically acclaimed and award-nominated films: Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

"LAIKA is known for its artistry and revolutionary stop-motion animation techniques," said Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions' Director of Animation Art. "The studio's legions of die-hard fans regularly ask LAIKA for the opportunity to own some of the masterfully engineered puppets, props and other artwork used to make these beloved films. So the studio is finally offering a specially curated collection of items from its production archives. This is the chance that those fans, and animation and film collectors of all stripes, have been waiting for."

The auction will mark the first time LAIKA have offered items from their archives for public sale. Notable highlights will include production puppets of Coraline herself, zombies from ParaNorman and several of the original Boxtrolls complete with their boxes.

A portion of the sale's proceeds will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization that supports the use of art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists, and various populations in need.

"LAIKA's artists and craftspeople are consummate creators, and each piece of this collection is a testament to their talents and imagination," commented Travis Knight, President & CEO of the studio and an Annie-Award-winning animator and producer.

"These are beautiful, unique, and handcrafted works of art of the highest order. We're so pleased to open up our vaults for animation fans around the world and to support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is so close to our hearts."

Selected highlights from the auction will be on display in Dallas from January 27-29, before moving to Beverly Hills for a brief exhibition which runs February 9-12.

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