The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, December 19, 2014


King Kong Realises $200,305 at Christie's South Kensington
The 22-inch armature (metal skeleton), which sold for $200,305, was used to allow the animated ape to scale the dizzying heights of the Empire State Building in the films poignant and climactic final scenes and is believed to be the only armature of this size made for the film. Photo: EFE/Andy Rain.
LONDON.- The original armature used to film the final, climactic scenes of the 1933 epic King Kong sold today at Christie’s South Kensington for £121,250 / $200,305 / €134,224. Measuring 22 inches in height, the metal armature was used in the film to show the giant ape as he terrorized New York and as he scaled the Empire State Building; some of the most memorable scenes from one of Hollywood’s most famous films. The armature was bought by an anonymous client who was bidding in the room.

Neil Roberts, Head of Popular Memorabilia, Christie’s London: “This King Kong armature was instrumental in filming one of the most recognisable sequences in cinema history, and as such it is an exceptional relic of film memorabilia. We are thrilled to have seen such excitement leading up to the auction and to have been able to exhibit the model to the public for the first time, and we are pleased to have realised a notable price which reflects its importance. The results throughout today’s sale illustrate that collectors continue to be drawn to items which resonate with their passions for popular culture; be it the golden age of cinema, Marilyn Monroe or James Bond.”

The auction realised a total of £519,463 / $858,153 / €575,046.. Other highlights included a very rare original puppet of Father Stanley Unwin from the Gerry Anderson T.V. series The Secret Service which realised £18,750 / $30,975 / €20,756; a black silk evening dress previously owned by Marilyn Monroe which sold for £9,375 / $15,488 / €10,378; and a pair of sunglasses worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace which realised £1,187 / $1,961 / €1,314.

Christie's | King Kong | Hollywood | Neil Roberts |




Today's News

November 25, 2009

Joaquín Sorolla's "Barcas en la Playa" Doubles Low Estimate at Sotheby's Sale

Museo Reina Sofía Opens Exhibition by León Ferrari and Mira Schendel

Paul Delaroche Work "Ruined" in War Rescued for Show

First Edition of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' Sells for $170,569

101-Year-Old Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer Back at Work

Edelman Arts Brings Alberto Giacometti's "Torse de Femme" to Art Miami 2009

One of a Kind Donation from Nedko Solakov to Mathildenhohe Darmstadt

Museum of Nature & Science Breaks Ground on $185-Million Museum

Google to Document and Post Online Iraqi Museum Treasures

"CO2 Cubes: United Nations Project to Visualize a Ton of Change"

King Kong Realises $200,305 at Christie's South Kensington

PINTA 2009 Confirms that Latin American Art has Carved Out Its Space

Vintage Poster Market Proves as Strong as Ever at Poster Auctions International

N.C. Museum of Art Announces Exhibition for Reopening November 2010

Eight Popular Comedies by Italian Director Dini Risi Exemplify His Sharp-Witted Humor in Exhibition

Kunsthaus Zurich to Present the Work of Painter and Poet Salomon Gessner

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche on Display for Holiday Season at Metropolitan Museum

December Natural History Auction to Feature the Ed Francis Collection of Human Artifacts

The J. Paul Getty Museum Observes Day Without Art

Charis Wilson, Edward Weston's Muse, Dies at 95

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach

Related Stories



Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Christie's New York wraps 2012 with over $163 million in jewelry auction sales

Christie's sale of masterpieces formerly in the Collection of Monsieur and Madame Riahi realises $31.9 M

Christie's presents a week-long series of auctions devoted to magnificent jewels, watches, wine and design

Christie's Launches Spring 2011 Season of Post-War and Contemporary Art with First Open

Most Important Peploe Ever to Come to Auction Leads Scottish Colourist Paintings at Christie's

Extravagant Official Publishing Entreprise Leads Christie's Auction of Books and Manuscripts

Christie's Celebrates American Artistry and Craftsmanship with Exceptional Offerings

Christie's International Leads the Market for Watches in Europe, Asia, and the America's

Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Works Shine at Christie's New York



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site