UP FOR AUCTION
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[ January 10th 2002 ]
propped up James Bond, Harry Potter and Kate Winslet.
Now they are to stand alone in the biggest movie
memorabilia auction. More than £1m worth of props
used in some of the most famous films of the past
50 years - including the globe from Harry Potter
and the Philosopher's Stone, ornaments which decorated
M's office in several 007 films, and the coffin
and skeleton from the opening sequence of the
Rocky Horror Picture Show - are to be sold in
are among more than 1500 objects being offered
by the Ken Paul props company. Other recognisable
pieces include the cuckoo clock which puzzled
the natives in Out of Africa; a carved wooden
Buddha used in Carry On Up the Khyber, Tomb Raider
and Blade 2; the tortoiseshell hand mirror used
by Kate Winslet in Titanic; and Nicole Kidman's
snake candelabra from Portrait of a Lady.
anyone hoping to buy a major prop for the price
of a cheap ticket in the back row, might be disappointed.
The Harry Potter globe is expected to fetch up
to £15,000, while a silver ship model from M's
office is estimated at £5000 to £7000. The Carry
On Buddha could make more than £10,000, although
less iconic objects may fetch no more than £100.
firm, based in Hampstead, north London, was set
up in 1946 by the late Ken Paul, an antiques dealer
whose circle of friends included actors, designers
and film workers. One art director friend suggested
using some of Mr Paul's antiques as props in The
Elusive Pimpernel, starring David Niven.
subsequently became established as a supplier
of quality props and enjoyed lucrative relationships
with the makers of the Carry On films and the
James Bond movies, which lasted for more than
20 years. His daughter, Christine, joined the
firm in the early 1980s and took over running
it with her sister after their father's death
in 1989. She has now decided to retire and is
selling the props at the three-day Sotheby's auction
in London, starting on March 13.
said: "We have supplied props for literally thousands
of sets. There's barely been a film made here
during the past 50 years which has not had our
stuff in it."