Chaplin's cane sold

... and so is Ali G's bling

The cane Charlie Chaplin twirled in the 1936 silent comedy Modern Times has been sold for £47,800.

A private American buyer was the successful bidder when the memorabilia went under the hammer at an auction of entertainment items at Christie’s in London yesterday.

And two moustaches Chaplin wore in his Hitler satire The Great Dictator fetched £11,950 and £17,925 each.

A lot of seven original Goon show scripts, many with notes and doodles  by Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and probably also Harry Secombe, went for £2,151.

There was also more recent memorabilia on offer – with a gold vinyl tracksuit tracksuit and knuckle-duster ring worn by Ali G fetching £1,912.

Published: 14 Dec 2004

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