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