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Iconic Bollywood film gear goes under the hammer

In the biggest Indian film collectible carnival so far, iconic Bollywood gear went under the hammer for Rs 70 lakh in the Capital on Tuesday night.

bollywood Updated: Aug 02, 2012 03:59 IST
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Shammi Kapoor,Hindustan Times

In the biggest Indian film collectible carnival so far, iconic Bollywood gear went under the hammer for Rs 70 lakh in the Capital on Tuesday night. Actor Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao bid for six items valued at Rs 2,38,000 including Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Junglee’ jacket (which was priced at Rs 88,000), while other memorabilia at the auction included rare photographic stills mounted on lobby cards and show-Cards from yesteryear hits such as Aan, Mother India, Dil Diya Dard Liya, Leader, Humraaz, Zanjeer and Aan Milo Sajna. The famous scarf from Junglee (1961) worn by Shammi Kapoor went for Rs 1,56,000, and the sweater from Andaz (1971), for Rs 1,50,000.

The event, which was part of the ongoing Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival and took place at The Imperial with generous participation from the film fraternity and cinema enthusiasts, saw lively competitive bidding from the floor and telebidders alike. The last unreleased song by Kishore Kumar, completed just three days before his demise in October 1987, went to Gurgaon-based Kingdom of Dreams for Rs 15.6 lakh including full rights. The entertainment hub plans to use for their Bollywood opera, Jhumroo.

Auction lots on offer consisted of vintage and rare posters, show-cards, stills, song-synopsis booklets among other artifacts. Among the record setting bids were 45 signed black and white photographic stills by Dev Anand (Rs 4,00,000); rare Satyajit Ray designed film posters from the 60s, the turquoise ring set in silver worn by Farooque Sheikh in Muzaffar Ali’s famous Umrao Jaan (Rs 96,000), a cricket bat signed by Aamir Khan and the team from Lagaan (Rs 1,56,000), and posters from films with Rajesh Khanna, such as Aradhana, Amar Prem, and Andaz.

“India can proudly say it has the basis of an international standard market for its cinematic heritage; hereafter no one will dismiss these items as raddi (garbage),” said Neville Tuli, Founder Chairman - Osian’s, in a statement.

The average lot price of Rs 46,679 was a major improvement with more than 200% rise over the last five years.

Rs 15.6 lakh for Kishore da’s last song
Legendary singer-composer-actor Kishore Kumar’s last unreleased song, finished only three days before he died in October 1987, was bought by Gurgaon-based Kingdom of Dreams (KOD). The entertainment hub bought the track for R15.6 lakh including full rights, and now plans to use it for its Bollywood opera, Jhumroo, which is a tribute to Kumar. “When I heard that a song by Kishore da is being auctioned, I jumped at the opportunity. I’m very happy as we’ve got the song around the same time as Kishore da’s birth anniversary (on August 4),” says KOD director Viraf Sarkari.

First Published: Aug 01, 2012 18:41 IST