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“The Art of LAIKA” Auction Generates Over $1 Million

“The Art of LAIKA” Auction Generates Over $1 Million

More than 250 screen-used puppets,
maquettes, paint test models, props, set pieces, and original concept and production
art from LAIKA, the animation studio behind the Academy
Award-nominated films The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, together generated sales of more than $1 million in
Heritage Auctions’ “The Art of
LAIKA” auction in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday, February 12th,

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 terrifyingly beautiful Evil
Other Mother
production puppet, in her elaborately realized black dress,
from the movie 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 in her iconic
blue-starred sweater, estimated to sell for over $5,000, brought a jaw-dropping
final price of $23,900.

“Collectors and fans around
the world turned out en masse to show their love for these films and to try to
get a piece of the studio’s legacy,” said Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions’
Director of Animation Art. “The response to this auction has really been
unprecedented, with amazing enthusiasm.”

“We’re so pleased by the support
from animation fans around the world,” said Travis Knight, LAIKA’s President
& CEO.  “We’re also thrilled to
support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is to use the power of art to heal
and change lives. That’s really at the core of LAIKA’s mission as well, and we’re
deeply grateful that our work has resonated so strongly with so many.” 

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 

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