- Memorable props from the hit show sold at auction, raising over $2 million
- All proceeds to fund apprenticeships and support students at the National Film and Television School
- The Jaguar used to portray Princess Diana’s personal car was the top-selling prop
- Other notable items included a replica of the Downing Street door and a reproduction of the gold state coach
Last night, an auction of props from the popular Netflix series “The Crown” took place at Bonhams in London, raising over $2 million. The auction featured iconic items such as a model of Princess Diana’s personal Jaguar, the door to Number 10 Downing Street, and two porcelain corgis. All of the props up for sale were sold, with the majority of the proceeds going towards funding apprenticeships and supporting students at the National Film and Television School.
Top-Selling Prop: Princess Diana’s Jaguar
The most sought-after item at the auction was the Jaguar used to portray Princess Diana’s personal car in the series. This prop fetched over £70,000, exceeding expectations and becoming the highlight of the event.
Other Notable Items
Several other props from the show attracted significant attention and bids. The replica of the door to Number 10 Downing Street, initially rumored to be of interest to Boris Johnson, was sold for a substantial amount. Additionally, a reproduction of the coronation chair, the world’s only reproduction of the gold state coach, and a funeral procession model made by students at the National Film and Television School all received bids well above their estimated values.
Among the smaller props that garnered interest were the porcelain corgi models and a swizzle stick used to stir drinks by the Queen Mother. These quirky items fetched a few hundred pounds each, demonstrating the enthusiasm of fans for even the smallest details of the show.
Supporting Education and Apprenticeships
The majority of the proceeds from the auction will be donated by The Crown producer Left Bank to fund apprenticeships. This generous contribution will support at least 50 students through a Left Bank scholarship program over the next two decades. The National Film and Television School, benefiting from the auction, expressed gratitude for the support that will enable aspiring filmmakers to pursue their dreams.
The auction of props from “The Crown” proved to be a resounding success, raising over $2 million and exceeding expectations. Fans and collectors eagerly bid on memorable items from the show, including Princess Diana’s Jaguar and the Downing Street replica door. The majority of the proceeds will go towards supporting apprenticeships and students at the National Film and Television School, ensuring the legacy of “The Crown” extends beyond the screen. The auction’s success is a testament to the enduring popularity of the show and its impact on both entertainment and education.