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|The sale of the Coffin Clock from RHPS
Sold at Sothebys March 2002
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Recognise that clock in the center of the photo?
Yep, as seen in our favoutite move, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the famous Skeleton in the Clock which has resided at Ken Paul's London props company for many years was up for auction at Sotherby's on Friday March 15, 2002.
Ruth posted a message to say the estimate on the clock was £10,000. Scroll the page down to see how much it made on the day
As their press release says:
This is close to the story that we were aware of where a woman had her husbands skeleton put into the clock, in the version we heard there was a second husband that died that was put into a matching clock, wonder where that one ended up?
How much did it go for then? The clock sold at Sothebys London, Bond Street on 15th March 2002, lot number 1512, and fetched £35,000 (UK pounds for all those with unreal English keyboards!) As you can see by the price it wasn't me that bought it! The buyer at the time of writing remains a mystery, but lets hope they enjoy it whoever it is. If you are the mystery buyer - do get in touch with us here at TimeWarp.
For those wanting to make a version for their RHPS shadow cast show, here is all the information we could get
Once the property of the Countess of Rosslyn, it is said that the skeleton is that of her Italian secretary-lover. She never recovered from his death and travelled everywhere with his remains in the coffin. It was acquired by Ken Paul from a music hall escapologist in Hackney, London.
There is also a mention of the clock in an article by Jeff Nisbet which you can read here.
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