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Heritage Auctions To Sell Original Puppets, Models and Props from Laika Studios

Heritage Auctions To Sell Original Puppets, Models and Props from Laika Studios

LAIKA, the visionary animation
studio behind the Golden Globe and Annie Award-nominated The Boxtrolls and the BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will open its archives for the first time for a limited
auction of over 250 puppets, models, props and art in The Art of LAIKA,
to be held by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Beverly

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.

“LAIKA is known for its artistry and
revolutionary stop-motion animation techniques,” says Jim Lentz, Heritage
Auctions’ Director of Animation Art. “The studio’s legions of die-hard fans regularly
ask LAIKA for the opportunity to own some of the masterfully engineered
puppets, props and other artwork used to make these beloved films. So the
studio is finally offering a specially curated collection of items from its
production archives. This is the chance that those fans, and animation and film
collectors of all stripes, have been waiting for.”

“LAIKA’s films aim to promote thought, feeling, and connectivity through art,
inspired by our shared humanity,” says Travis Knight, President & CEO of
the studio and an Annie-Award-winning animator and producer. “We’re deeply
gratified that the spirit of our work has resonated so strongly with audiences
around the world. LAIKA’s artists and craftspeople are consummate
creators, and each piece of this

collection is a testament to their
talents and imagination. These are beautiful, unique, and handcrafted works
of art of the highest order. We’re so pleased to open up our vaults for
animation fans around the world and to support The Art of Elysium, whose
mission is so close to our hearts.”

Selected highlights from The
Art of LAIKA
will be on display in Dallas, Jan. 27-29, at Heritage Auctions
(3500 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75219) – 11 am 4-pm each day; Feb. 3-5 at Heritage Auctions Park
Avenue (445 Park Avenue at 57th Street) 10am – 4 pm each day (LAIKA will also be featured in Heritage’s NY’s Window on Park Avenue for the second half of January, so thousands of folks will see it that way, too).; and Feb. 9-12, Heritage
Auctions Beverly Hills (9478 West Olympic Avenue) 11 am – 5 pm each day, all day leading up to the auction (time TBD) and also as part of the Preview Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Some of the items in the auction include, but are not
limited to

● From Coraline

Coraline production puppet in her iconic
blue-starred sweater

*  The Cat production puppet

*  Other Mother production puppet in her
elaborately realized black dress


●  From ParaNorman

Norman production puppet in his baseball
shirt outfit

*  Zombie Judge production puppet with fully
articulated mouth and face

large-scale production props such as Mitch’s Van and “Zombie Attack”  vending machine          

hand-drawn Annie Award-winning character designs


●  From The

*  Eggs and Boxtrolls
production puppets complete with their “Box” outfits

*  Snatcher production puppet in his exquisite hand and laser-etched velvet jacket

*  Snatcher’s Mecha-Drill, at over five feet, the largest prop ever created for stop-motion film

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