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“Lot 665, ladies and gentlemen. A Papier-mâché musical box in the shape of a barrel organ. Attached, the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals. This item, discovered in the vaults of the theatre, still in working order.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Phantom of the Opera are donating an epic auction block package to Stage and Screen Auction to benefit The Actors Fund.
Package includes admission for two to the reopening performances of Phantom on Broadway as Lord Lloyd Webber’s personal guests and the iconic and rare “Lot 665” prop direct from the West End Production.
Live online auction presented by Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers in partnership with Christine Baranski to take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:00 am ET.
Featuring on-of-a-kind memorabilia and wardrobe from the vast history of the performing arts including Theater, Hollywood, Opera, and Dance.
New York, NY (April 19, 2021) – Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers and Christine Baranski are thrilled to announce an epic package newly donated to the previously announced Stage & Screen auction, benefitting The Actors Fund, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Phantom of the Opera.
This particular item includes admission for two to the long-awaited reopening performance of Phantom, the longest-running show in Broadway history,as Lord Lloyd Webber’s personal guests, as well as the iconic and rare “Lot 665” prop direct from the West End production. The prop, as it is described by the auctioneer in the musical’s opening scene, is “a papier-mâché musical box in the shape of a barrel organ. Attached, the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals.”
Featuring a diverse array of memorabilia from the performing arts including Theater, Hollywood, Opera, and Dance, other lots include original drawings, scenic and costume designs, photographs, meaningful wardrobe and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Collectors and fans around the world are invited to participate digitally in this landmark live auction event on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 beginning at 10:00 AM ET.
New highlights will be revealed each week leading up to the event.
The current selection of items can be viewed by visiting https://doyle.com/auctions/21th01-theater-art-memorabilia/stage-screen. The interactive auction catalogue was published online at Doyle.com on Thursday, April 15.
While a portion of proceeds from every item sold as part of “Stage & Screen” will benefit The Actors Fund, Ms. Baranski is curating a collection of donated lots for which 100% of the hammer price goes entirely to the organization. She also personally donated three gowns that she wore for appearances at the Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and Kennedy Center Honors.
Additional highlights from the auction will be:
- Celest Holm’s Golden Globe awarded in 1947 for Gentlemen’s Agreement
- Golden Age Hollywood and Theatre Memorabilia from Celeste Holm Collection
- A Wolvering jacket from Hugh Jackman’s closet
- Boots, jeans and t-shirt from Bruce Springsteen
- Black sequin gown made by David Dalrymple. Worn at Hulaween 2014 and ITV special “It’s The Girls” in the UK from Bette Midler
- Banjo signed by Steve Martin
- Iconic glasses from Elton John
- Bob Mackie Dresses from Carol Burnett
- Dolce & Gabbana dress worn by Glenn Close on the red carpet of the opening night of Sunset Boulevard 2.9.17
- Leather suit that Alan Cumming wore to the Tony Awards when he won the Best Actor in a Musical in 1998 for Cabaret
- A collection of signed books from Julie Andrews
- Oscar de la Renta gown worn by Renée Fleming to sing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (with Alfie Boe).
- A limited-edition leather-bound copy of the screenplay of Downton Abbey (the first film) signed by Director, writer, producer and cast. There are only 30 of these in existence. Courtesy of Carnival Films.
- Screen worn leather jackets from “The Good Wife”
- Dress worn by Tina Fey to the 2013 Emmy Awards where she won for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 30 Rock
Since March 18, 2020, The Actors Fund has provided more than $20 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 15,800 people who work in performing arts and entertainment. With shutdowns on Broadway and in film and television, theater, concerts, dance, music and many other areas of entertainment, the need is great and growing. This emergency financial assistance is helping the most vulnerable and those in financial crisis to cover basic living expenses, such as food, essential medications, utilities and more.
All proceeds from viewer donations will go directly to The Actors Fund, helping to support programs that foster stability and resiliency and serve as a safety net to everyone in performing arts and entertainment.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services.