- Left Bank Pictures is selling more than 450 props from the hit TV show
- Sale will take place at Bonhams in London in February 2024
- Highlights include a fiberglass replica of Westminster Abbey’s coronation chair
More than 400 costumes, props and sets made for the Crown are set to be sold at auction next year.
The popular Netflix show aired the first half of its sixth and final season on Thursday, focusing on the period from Diana’s death in 1997 up until Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles‘ wedding in 2005, and fans will soon have the chance to for memorable items such as Diana’s ‘revenge’ dress and the Queen Mother‘s swizzle stick.
Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind the hit historical drama, is selling the objects at Bonhams in February.
Highlights include a fiberglass replica of Westminster Abbey’s coronation chair, estimated at £20,000, and the world’s only copy of the Gold State Coach for £50,000.
The show has been praised for the authenticity of the props and backdrops it has used since first premiering on our screens in 2016.
Charlie Thomas, Bonhams UK group director for house sales and private and iconic collections, said: ‘The iconic costumes, props and set pieces from The Crown are extensively researched and made with truly impressive attention to detail by master craftspeople.
‘Not only is this an incredible opportunity to own pieces from the landmark show, it is also the closest anyone can come to owning the real thing – be it the facade of 10 Downing Street or Princess Diana’s engagement ring.’
According to the show’s co-founder and executive producer Andy Harris, the Crown had used more than 2,500 sets and filled 18 shipping containers at the Elstree studios in Hertfordshire with props and costumes.
This includes a powder blue ballgown (£7,000) worn by Claire Foy, who played the Queen in the first series, and an engagement ring worn by Princess Dianna (£2,000-£3,000), played by Emma Corrin.
A custom-made replica of Diana’s so-called revenge dress, which she wore the same night the then-Prince of Wales confessed to infidelity on national television, is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000, while a version of Diana’s 1987 Jaguar XJ-S may cost up to £20,000.
For under £100, you could walk away with the Queen Mothers swizzle stick and handkerchiefs, while a pair of of porcelain corgis may fetch £300.
A combination of 3D printing and clay sculptures cast in fibreglass were used to make the fake Gold State Coach before being coloured with a paint called Bristol Gold.
The famous coach was used when Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton played Queen Elizabeth II during her Silver and Gold Jubilee.
It is two thirds of the size of the original, made in 1762, and was made by prop-maker Jason Szukalski, who took hundreds of photos of the real one on display at Buckingham Place in order to get the design just right.
A free exhibition of all the items will be created at Bonhams in central London before the sale.
Proceeds will go to the National Film and Television School to set up the Left Bank Pictures – The Crown Scholarship.
The show’s creators hopes the sale will raise up to £1million.
Andy Harries, chief executive of production company Left Bank Pictures and executive producer of The Crown, said: ‘Its huge global success has much to do with working with the best creative and production talent in this country, and we want to invest the profits of this magnificent auction into the next generation of film and TV talent.
‘The NFTS has been part of The Crown’s history from the start with many of its graduates contributing to the production of the show over the years.
‘I have long admired the ethos and training of the school and supported it personally.
‘So I am thrilled that the legacy of The Crown will be to provide so much financial support for so many students at the NFTS over the next few decades.’
A live sale will take place on Wednesday, February 7 at Bonhams in London, with an online auction taking place between January 30 and February 8 on the Bonhams website.
Part two of The Crown’s sixth season will be released onto Netflix on December 14, marking the end of the hit drama series.