One of a Kind Charlie Chaplin Film Expected to Fetch A Significant Six-figure Sum

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One of a Kind Charlie Chaplin Film Expected to Fetch A Significant Six-figure Sum

Bonhams is going to sell a unique and extremely rare Charlie Chaplin movie titled ‘Zepped’ on June 29. The 35mm film roll which is believed to be last surviving copy of this film is expected to fetch six-figures at the auction.

Charlie Chaplin in Zepped

Charlie Chaplin in Zepped

Charlie Chaplin in Zepped

From the press release:

In 2009 the vendor Morace Park bought a battered cinema reel tin from an online auction site. Once he eventually opened the tin it revealed a roll of film entitled ‘Charlie Chaplin in Zepped’. Having been unable to find any record or mention of the film during his subsequent research, Mr Park began a worldwide investigation to find out if he had discovered the last copy of a forgotten Charlie Chaplin film. On extremely fragile 35mm nitrate film and almost 7 minutes long, the movie features some of the earliest known animation in film history. The reel shows scenes of a Zeppelin raid over London whilst Chaplin acts in his trademark comic style. During the First World War Zeppelins were used in bombing raids over England and France. They were referred to at this time as ‘baby killers’ and ‘terrors of the sky’ and it is believed ‘Zepped’, was designed as propaganda to defuse the terror inspired by these attacks, using Chaplin’s world famous comedy. Professor Paul Wells, Director of The Animation Academy Research Group at Loughborough University believes that “the zeppelin is possibly real, but could also be a premature form of puppetry.” If the image of the Zeppelin in the film is genuine then it would be the only known live footage showing a zeppelin over London at that time. Alternatively, if the Zeppelin footage is animation then it is an extremely rare and early example of this type of animation…

More info on Bonhams website

By | 2011-06-04T18:06:24+00:00 June 4th, 2011|Arts|1 Comment

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  1. Graham Ginsberg September 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

    The best. grew up with Chaplin!

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