Charlie Chaplin's hat and cane fetch Rs 35 lakh at auction

Nov 20, 2012, 08:17 IST | Agencies

One of Charlie Chaplin's bowler hats and a cane, the staple of Hollywood silent-era comedy, were auctioned for $62,500 (Rs 35 lakh) on Sunday, said auction house Bonhams.

Chaplin’s hat and cane, which fetched more than the initial estimate of $40,000-60,000, are synonymous with his Little Tramp character in films such as City Lights and Modern Times.

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Bonhams memorabilia specialist Lucy Carr said earlier it is unknown how many of Chaplin’s bowlers and canes still exist. Those auctioned on Sunday are from a private collection but have a direct link to Chaplin, Carr said.

Chaplin’s hat and cane were the highlights of the auction. Other items included a handwritten letter from John Lennon in which the Beatle sketched himself and Yoko Ono nude. There was also an archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs.

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