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Charlie Chaplin hat and cane net more than $76,000

Published on Nov 19, 2012 9:31 AM
A bowler hat and cane that belonged to silent film star Charlie Chaplin is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters Nov 13, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Charlie Chaplin's iconic bowler hat and cane were auctioned off for $62,500 this weekend, as part of an auction which also includes a John Lennon nude drawing of himself and Yoko Ono.

The hat and cane, trademark of Chaplin's Little Tramp character, were in "remarkable condition" and had been estimated to go for between $40,000 and $60,000 (S$49,000 and S$73,567) at the sale by auction house Bonhams on Sunday. But when it went under the hammer, the sale price hit US$62,500 (S$76,600) the auctioneers said.

Legend has it that Chaplin came up with the tramp persona and wardrobe spontaneously one rainy afternoon in February 1914, seizing various wardrobe items in a communal male dressing room at a Hollywood studio.

These included baggy trousers from actor Fatty Arbuckle, size 14 shoes which he had to wear on the wrong feet to keep them from falling off, the hat belonging to Arbuckle's father-in-law, and a mustache intended for another actor.

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