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Kishore Kumar’s unreleased song, Shammi Kapoor’s scarf and jacket, and a set of show-cards from Zanjeer among top 10 items at Osian’s auction

entertainment Updated: Aug 03, 2012 17:51 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Shammi Kapoor’s scarf from Junglee (1961), a sweater from Andaz (1971), his favourite jackets from other films that has been with his family for years, all went under the hammer at the first Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival Auction of Indian Cinema Memorabilia in Delhi on Wednesday. The scarf fetched Rs 1,56,000, sweater
Rs 1,50,00 and jackets about Rs 1,10,400, making it to the top 10 list of sold items. The bestseller was an unreleased Kishore Kumar song recorded just three days before his death, that had been the property of producer Rakesh Kumar. Delhi-based live entertainment venue, Kingdom of Dreams, picked it up for Rs 15.6 lakh for its musical show, Jhumroo.

The items, mostly sourced from private collections of the film fraternity, were sold in 174 lots. Only 26 lots remain unsold, and already Rs 69.55 lakh has been raised. Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao bid online for six collectors’ items, valued at Rs 3,21,233. These included an Ashok Kumar poster from Oonche Log (1965), In Memory Of Guru Dutt collage by his artist sister Lalitha Lajmi, a poster of Mother India (1957). There’s another poster featuring Dilip Kumar from Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966). Aamir’s newest possessions also include images of Raj Kapoor from Lot 30, including photos with Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, a portrait at the racecourse and a still from Mera Naam Joker (1972), among others. Aamir also took home one of Shammi’s jackets. The Junglee actor’s scarf went to a collector from New Delhi while another new entrant, Sanjeev Malhotra, got the Lagaan (2001) bat.

“With Aamir taking the lead, we’re sure our film fraternity will soon become as aware and interested in the publicity material and Indian cinema memorabilia market as the west. Osian’s been nurturing this market for 11 years,” says Neville Tuli, chairman of Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art Pvt. Ltd.

Many rare stills mounted on lobby cards, show-cards and posters were auctioned too. The Nayak (1966) posters, designed by Satyajit Ray, fetched in excess of
Rs 45,000. The Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956) posters that were re-release print runs went for lower bids, but sold at international prices.

“All the posters which were of the first print run and original images sold well and much above lower estimates. The unique Garm Hava (1973) posters from director MS Sathyu’s personal collection made it to the top 10 sold list. Rajesh Khanna posters were all sold out, with Aradhana (1969) fetching the highest price,” exults Tuli. The items that remain unsold may be offered for sale to interested connoisseurs or returned to the consignees.