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Charlie Chaplin's iconic hat auctioned

12-15-2011 10:21 BJT

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The iconic bowler hat that transformed silent movie star Charlie Chaplin into "The Tramp" -- his most legendary character -- sold at Sotheby's auction house in New York on Tuesday for 15,000 US dollars. The hat was among the many rare lots sold at a Sotheby's auction.

Chaplin's bowler hat was sold as part of Sotheby's Fine Books and Manuscripts auction, with the final hammer price settling at 15,000 dollars. With Sotheby's premium the final price paid by an unidentified bidder for this piece of film history was 18,750 dollars.

Charlie Chaplin first wore the hat in his 1914 movie "Kid Auto Races at Venice" and along with his signature mustache and baggy pants, the star of early cinema became the world's most famous and recognizable actor of the silent film era.

Asked if it was unusual to see a hat selling in a books and manuscript auction, Richard Austin, Head of the department said it was a little odd, but they also deal with historic objects.

Richard Austin, head of books and manuscripts, Sotheby's, said, "Chaplin is such an historic figure in the history of film that we thought there would be some people who would be interested in it and sure enough, there were, it did well."

The iconic bowler hat that transformed silent movie
star Charlie Chaplin into "The Tramp" -- his most
legendary character -- sold at Sotheby's auction
house in New York on Tuesday for 15,000 US dollars.

A letter written by Albert Einstein to his friend David Rothman in 1944 did better than expected, with a final hammer price of 85,000 dollars.

An original manuscript of poems and songs by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, failed to excite great bidding but did manage to sell within its estimated pre-sale range.

Austin said overall he was very pleased with the results. It shows that extraordinary things get extraordinary prices, no matter what state the economy is in.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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