The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Charlie Chaplin's bowler and cane to hit auction block


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - One of Charlie Chaplin's iconic bowler hats and canes, the staple of Hollywood silent-era comedy, will go under the hammer in Los Angeles this weekend, auction house Bonhams said on Tuesday.

Chaplin's hat and cane - synonymous with his trademark Little Tramp character in films such as City Lights and Modern Times - are expected to fetch between US$40,000 and US$60,000 (S$48,910 and S$73,373) in the Nov 18 auction.

It is unknown how many of Chaplin's bowlers and canes still exist, said Lucy Carr, a memorabilia specialist at Bonhams. The ones up for auction come from a private collection but have a direct link to Chaplin, Carr said.

The waddling and bumbling Little Tramp character propelled Chaplin to global fame. The character, which Hollywood legend says was created by accident on a rainy day at Keystone Studio, first appeared in 1914's Kid Auto Races at Venice and lastly in 1936's Modern Times.