Richard Attenborough memorabilia brings £780,000 at Bonhams

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2015-10-23 10:18:57

A sale of memorabilia from the life and career of Sir Richard Attenborough has achieved more than £780,000 at Bonhams.

In front of a packed house in London, 470 lots crossed the block during the seven-and-a-half hour sale which saw two auctioneers taking turns on the rostrum.

The near sell-out event featured movie memorabilia from Attenborough's long and distinguished career as an actor and director, along with fine art and furnishings from the homes he shared with his wife Lady Attenborough.

"My parents had impeccable taste, they never bought anything as an investment, but simply because they loved it; and they lived by the firm conviction that beautiful surroundings had the power to humanise, to enrich one's relationship with the world," said the couple's son, theatre director Michael Attenborough.

Amongst the leading lots were two original Charlie Chaplin film posters, for his silent classics The Kid and A Dog's Life, which each trebled their estimates to sell for £37,500 and £32,500 respectively.

Other notable lots from Attenborough's career included a clapperboard from his Oscar-winning film Ghandi which realized £15,000, more than seven times its estimate, and his prop 'insect in amber' walking cane from Jurassic Park which similarly exceeded expectations to sell for £13,750.

"The impressive total and the fierce bidding on many lots is a tribute to the affection and respect in which Lord Attenborough was held by people in Britain and around the world. It was a pleasure to have been entrusted with this sale," said Jon Baddeley, Managing Director of Bonhams Knightsbridge.

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