Bonhams is a British auctioneer organization, specializing in auctions comprised of fine art and antiques. The company has several large salerooms in Britain, and they hold auctions here in the U.S. in San Fransisco, LA, Boston, and NYC.
This particular auction will feature 300+ highly collectible items like scripts, props, and costumes from classic movies of the 20th century.
Many of these items are high-dollar to say the least, and some are expected to go for hundreds of thousands. Some examples of iconic movie items to be showcased at the auction are Francis Ford Coppola’s working copy of The Godfather screenplay, a prototype prop of Han Solo in carbonite from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and a suit worn by Jack Nicholson during his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker in Batman.
Also up for auction (and the item we’re most excited about): the brown 1940 Buick convertible driven by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. According to Motor Authority, this Buick model is one of just 230 made from the 1940 model year, not that this makes it any more impressive because the fact that Bogart drove it was all we really needed to know.
Since Casablanca, this one-of-a-kind piece of historical cinema was first sold by Warner Brothers in 1970 to a private owner, and Bogart’s Buick switched hands last in 1995 when it went for just over $200k.
Wondering what Bogart’s Casablanca convertible will go for in November? Bonhams is expecting around half a million for the brown 1940 Buick which will be the only automotive attraction at auction and likely one of the leading stars of the show. Here’s looking at you, kid.