Fans of the popular Netflix series “The Crown” have a unique opportunity to own a piece of television history, as hundreds of props and outfits from the show are set to go under the hammer. This auction, featuring items like a replica of Princess Diana’s “revenge dress,” is not just a collector’s dream but also supports a noble cause.
The Auction Details: Close to 450 items from “The Crown” will be auctioned by Bonhams. These include replicas of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation robes and Princess Diana’s leopard print swimsuit and Versace sunglasses from the show’s latest season. A custom-made replica of Diana’s renowned revenge dress is anticipated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000.
Significant Items for Sale: Other notable items include a full-length ivory wedding dress and veil worn by Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, and the facade and front door of 10 Downing Street, estimated to reach between £20,000 and £30,000. Additionally, a replica of Buckingham Palace’s wrought iron gates and a reproduction of the Queen’s Coronation carriage are also up for grabs.
The Crown Scholarship Programme: Proceeds from the auction will establish The Crown Scholarship programme in partnership with television company Left Bank Pictures at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). This initiative aims to support students in specialized training in various aspects of film and television production.
Auction Schedule: The live sale is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Bonhams in London. An online auction will also run from January 30 to February 8 on the Bonhams website.
Contributions to NFTS: Over the next 20 years, The Crown Scholarship programme will assist numerous students attending the NFTS, ensuring a continued legacy of skilled professionals in the industry. More than 60 NFTS alumni contributed to “The Crown,” and this initiative will ensure future students can follow in their footsteps.
Statements from Key Figures: Charlie Thomas, Bonhams UK group director, praised the craftsmanship of the items from “The Crown,” noting this auction as an incredible opportunity to own pieces of the landmark show. Jon Wardle, director of NFTS, expressed his excitement for the future talent that will benefit from this auction.
The Legacy of “The Crown”: Andy Harries, chief executive of Left Bank Pictures and executive producer of “The Crown,” highlighted the series’ success and its connection to the NFTS. He expressed enthusiasm for the auction’s potential to support the next generation of film and TV talent.
As “The Crown” approaches its final season, this auction offers fans and collectors a chance to own a piece of its history while contributing to the future of film and television production talent.