More than 250 screen-used puppets, maquettes, paint test models, props, set pieces, and original concept and production art from LAIKA generated sales of more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions’ “The Art of LAIKA” auction Feb. 12.
A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to make art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists, and various populations in need.
The top-selling lot of the auction was the Evil Other Mother production puppet from Coraline. The puppet was the subject of spirited bidding that reached a final price of $50,190 — five times its pre-auction estimate of $10,000.
A Coraline production puppet of the titular character expected to sell for more than $5,000, brought a final price of $23,900 (http://comics.ha.com/itm/animation-art/maquette/coraline-blue-star-sweater-original-animation-puppet-laika-2009-/a/7129-94010.s).
Other highlights of the auction, and their final prices, included:
- ParaNorman Norman Original Animation Puppet: $28,680
- The Boxtrolls Archibald Snatcher Original Animation Puppet: $23,900
- Coraline Coraline in Orange Pajamas Original Animation Puppet: $22,705
- Coraline The Cat Original Animation Puppet: $17,925
- ParaNorman Mitch Downe Original Animation Puppet: $17,925
- The Boxtrolls Winnie Portley-Rind Original Animation Puppet: $16,730