Bonhams and TCM present: The Charlton Heston Collection, Los Angeles on March 22.

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“I had the great pleasure of working with Charlton Heston back in 1998 when he sat down with me to record a Private Screenings interview for Turner Classic Movies. Right from the start, he asked me to call him Chuck. Not Charlton or Mr. Heston. And certainly not Charlie. Only his wife was allowed to do that. What followed soon after was a pleasant, affable conversation —although I couldn’t help but think that any infraction of the rules would inspire a clap of thunder, a burning bush or a major earth tremor. And why not? He was, after all, a guy who was known to either cause or survive any number of lightning bolts, earthquakes and other calamities, at least on screen. So why risk it? I called him Chuck. Meeting Chuck in person made you realize immediately that he was the kind of guy you hoped he would be—a straight-shooter, a thinking man, sturdy, dependable and professional. He was also a shy man one who overcame that shyness because of the nature of his business, but still deep down a shy man. So I imagine he’d be a little baffled to think that people would want to purchase his personal memorabilia included in this auction.

But even he admitted the very nature of his work made people look up to him in a way that reflected the impact of the characters he played— rather than the real Chuck Heston. After all he played some imposing men: Moses, Judah Ben-Hur, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, John the Baptist, Michelangelo. As he told me in our interview— these were individuals who did remarkable things and it tends to rub off a little bit. Well I for one think Chuck was being a little too self-effacing because the fact of the matter is, he was a very good actor, a devoted husband and family man, social activist and, in my experience, a genuinely nice person. Thankfully, we’ll always have his films to remember him by— and if the bidding goes your way, perhaps you can have a piece of his memorabilia to remember him by in your own way”.

Good luck.

Robert Osborne

Host of Turner Classic Movies

“Ho avuto il grande piacere di lavorare con Charlton Heston nel 1998, quando si è seduto con me per registrare un’intervista per Turner Classic Movies. Fin dall’inizio, mi ha chiesto di chiamarlo Chuck. Non Charlton o Mr. Heston. E no di certo Charlie. Solo alla moglie è stato concesso di farlo. Ciò che è seguito dopo è stata una piacevole conversazione, anche se non ho potuto fare a meno di pensare che da un momento all’altro sarebbe esploso in cielo un tuono o il fragore di una scossa di terremoto in terra. E perchè no? Era, dopo tutto, un ragazzo famoso per essere sopravvissuto a un quantitativo infinito di fulmini, terremoti e altre calamità, almeno sullo schermo. Quindi, perché rischiare? L’ho chiamato Chuck.

Incontrare Chuck di persona mi ha confermato l’idea che avevo di lui cioè che fosse uno straight-shooter, un tipo diretto, affidabile e professionale. Era anche un uomo timido uno che ha superato la timidezza grazie al suo lavoro, ma ancora in fondo un uomo timido. Quindi immagino che sarebbe stato un po’ perplesso a sapere che il pubblico sarebbe stato interessato ad acquistare gli oggetti inseriti in quest’asta.
Ma onestamente non posso nascondere di essere stato influenzato dal pensiero di avere di fronte l’attore Charlton Heston. Dopo tutto ha interpretato ruoli imponenti: Mosè, Ben-Hur, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Michelangelo. Era un ottimo attore, un marito e padre di famiglia devoto, attivista sociale e, come se non bastasse, un bellissimo uomo. Per fortuna, avremo sempre i suoi film per ricordarlo e se sei fortunato, forse riuscirai ad avere un suo oggetto per ricordarlo a modo tuo. In bocca al lupo”.

Robert Osborne

Turner Classic Movies

007 memorabilia heads for Bonhams Entertainment Sale


Lot 112 An Asprey vanity case from James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceLot 112: An Asprey vanity case from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969.

lot 116 - Signed by Sir Roger Moore, an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man with the golden Gun,Lot 116: A replica gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, signed by Roger Moore.

• Bonhams 24th June Entertainment Memorabilia sale features many items from famous film and television shows, including a bespoke mahogany table used in the 1989 film Batman (£2,000-3,000), and two Bond items, an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man With The Golden Gun, signed by Roger Moore, and an Asprey vanity case purchased for use in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (£1,000-1,500). 

• Also featured are Strausfeld film posters, including a poster for Mean Streets (£1,000-1,500), and a collection of Terry O’Neill gelatin silver print photographs of film stars including of Steve McQueen (£2,000-3,000) and Paul Newman (£1,000-2,000).

Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale, taking place on 24 June at Bonhams Knightsbridge, features a varied selection of lots with interesting connections to the silver screen.

Highlights of the sale include a selection of lots related to James Bond films, including an SD Studios replica of the gun from The Man with the Golden Gun, signed by Sir Roger Moore, estimated at £2,500-3,500. Also included in the sale is an Asprey vanity case, estimated at £1,000-1,500, purchased for the 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, where it can be seen being given as a Christmas present to each of Blofeld’s ten female spies. Further highlights of related memorabilia include an original poster for the first-ever James Bond film, Dr. No, estimated at £4,000-6,000.

Natalie Downing, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist, said: “Memorabilia with a connection to the nation’s favourite secret agent, James Bond 007, always garners strong interest from bidders at Bonhams. Replicas – provided they are of high quality – can sell for excellent prices, the SD studios replica gun from the film The Man with the Golden Gun being a perfect example, with the added kudos of Sir Roger Moore’s signature making this piece highly collectable.”

Elsewhere, original cinema posters from designer Peter Strausfeld are also featured, brilliantly represented by his poster for Martin Scorsese film, Mean Streets (£1,000-1,500), in addition to a collection of ten Academy Cinema posters (£700-900).

Lot 37: Mean Streets, Warner Brothers, 1973, by Peter Strausfeld. Right, a poster from lot 33: A collection of ten Academy Cinema posters by Peter Strausfeld, 1953-1977.

Also featured in the sale is a fantastic collection of Terry O’Neill gelatin silver print photographs of various film stars, including of Brigitte Bardot (£4,000-5,000), Frank Sinatra (£4,000-6,000), Steve McQueen, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor (£1,500-2,000).

Lot 68 - Brigitte Bardot Terry O'Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, St. Tropez 1967Lot 68: Brigitte Bardot: Terry O’Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, St. Tropez 1967

Lot 71 - Steve McQueen, Terry O'Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, Los Angeles, 1969Lot 71 – Steve McQueen, Terry O’Neill (British, b. 1938) gelatin silver print, Los Angeles, 1969

Further items from the silver screen include an original animation cel (or celluloid) from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, estimated at £800-1,200. The cel captures Sneezy, Happy and Bashful playing instruments. Also offered, a cel from 1953 film Peter Pan, estimated at £1,500-2,000. The cell depicts the characters John, Michael, Cubby, Slightly and a lost boy twin.

Lot 42: An original cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Lot 41: An original animation cel from Peter Pan

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