The Love Bug’s Herbie and Giselle auctioned off for $86,250

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2015

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will soon hold an auction in which Herbie and Co-star Giselle from 1977’s Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo are being offered. These iconic cars are part of the auction dubbed as the Treasures from the Dream Factory.

In the movie The Love Bug, Herbie is a white 1963 Vollkswagon Beetle that follows race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) from the showroom to his home. This film story gained such huge popularity that five more movies and two television shows were made by Disney on the anthromorphic car.

The large success story led the Herbie films to reach sales of a whopping $200 million at the box office at the time, equivalent to $725 million as per the recent currency. The Bonhams New York Herbie that was put up for sale on 23rd November was actually found in a Florida warehouse many years ago.

It still remains in its original form and is largely unrestored. Famous as one of the ‘Invisible Driver’ Herbies, this one was originally built in 1974 for Herbie Rides Again, and re-used in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. The car gives off the impression that it is driving itself as the driver sits in the backseat and an elaborate system of sprockets and pulleys connect to a second steering column under the front seat.

The car is also famous as the only car that left its tire print on the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood for Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo. In the film, Herbie’s competitor in the Trans-France Race is Giselle which is driven by Diane Darcy (Julie Sommars).

Giselle, a powder blue Lancia Scorpion, is Herbie’s love interest. Herbie is attracted by the shapely sports car and presents her a bouquet of flowers which he holds in his black bumper. Two other Scorpions were also used for filming but these later crashed and were scrapped.

Giselle was auctioned and sold off in 1980, repainted and temporarily used as a daily driving car after which it was discovered by its present owner and was recognised by its movie modifications like its bolt-on roll bar. Its screen-used appearance was then restored by Disney movie car expert Dan Miller at Red Barn Restorations in northeast Ohio.

Now, as they’re up for auction together, both Herbie and Giselle are also accompanied by their original Walt Disney Productions titles. Some other auction highlights include a Le Mans iconic racing suit belonging to Steve McQueen ($200,000-300,000) and co-star Michelle Scalera’s racing suit ($5,000-7,000).

Both suits are presently part of an Italian gentleman’s collection. These were a gift from Titanus, the film’s distributor in that country. Bonhams and TCM have a multi-year partnership for the Treasures from the Dream Factory auction -- the third in a series of similar movie memorabilia auctions.

Previous auctions have given the partnering firms some very high profile sales like $4.2 million for Maltese Falcon, which is a record price for a movie prop. The group was also able to get $3.4 million for Sam’s piano from Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, again a record price for a piano and $3 million for Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume form the Wizard of Oz, which is indeed a record price for a costume from that movie.

Press Release

JUDY GARLAND

A Judy Garland-worn "Dorothy" dress from the world-renowned film, The Wizard of Oz, fetched $1.56 million including premium at Bonhams New York today as part of Treasures from the Dream Factory, an auction of Hollywood memorabilia presented by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Bonhams.

Nearly 400 pieces of classic film collectables attracted hundreds of bidders by phone, online and in-person in a crowded saleroom at Bonhams Madison Avenue – resulting in a total of more than $4 million in sales.

The "Dorothy" dress went to one of three competitive phone bidders, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $800,000 – $1.2 million.

"The dress is one of only two complete Dorothy costumes in existence," said Bonhams' Director of Entertainment Memorabilia Catherine Williamson. "As we witnessed today in the Bonhams saleroom, the dress is considered a true and timeless icon of classic Hollywood."

Other auction highlights include:

· MARILYN MONROE SUIT FROM GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES; sold for U.S. $425,000 including premium

· STEVE MCQUEEN'S ICONIC RACING SUIT FROM LE MANS; sold for U.S. $425,000 including premium

A TRIO OF CASABLANCA SCRIPTS, INCLUDING A RARE AENEAS MACKENZIE TYPESCRIPT, A MAY 11 DRAFT, AND JACK WARNER'S BOUND COPY OF THE FINAL DRAFT; sold for U.S. $233,000 including premium

SCREENWRITER HERMAN MANKIEWICZ'S "ROSEBUD" SLED, GIFTED TO HIM AT THE CONCLUSION OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR CITIZEN KANE; sold for U.S. $149,000 including premium

· HERBIE, 1963 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Chassis no. 5156863; sold for U.S. $86,250 including premium

· A GOLDEN TICKET FROM WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; sold for U.S. $35,000 including premium

· A FRANK CAPRA GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD FOR IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE; sold for U.S. $60,000 including premium

Treasures from the Dream Factory also featured 66 items from the personal collection of award-winning, American actress Natalie Wood. The Natalie Wood Collection brought nearly three times the low estimate, realizing $239,000 including premium. Sale highlights include:

A NATALIE WOOD ITALIAN RUBY AND 18K GOLD BRACELET; sold for U.S. $25,000 including premium

A NATALIE WOOD "INTERNATIONAL STARDOM" GOLDEN GLOBE; sold for U.S. $17,500 including premium

NATALIE WOOD BOUND SCREENPLAYS AND ARCHIVE FOR FROM HERE TO ETERNITY; sold for U.S. $6,875 including premium

Treasures from the Dream Factory is the third in a series of movie memorabilia auctions as part of a multi-year partnership between Bonhams and TCM. Past sales have resulted in high-profile sales, such as the Maltese Falcon at $4.2 million, a record price for a movie prop; the sale of Sam's piano from Rick's Café in Casablanca for $3.4 million, a record price for a piano; and Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz at $3 million, a record price for a costume from that film.

The next Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia auction will be held in London, Knightsbridge on December 10 starting at 12:00 GMT. The next TCM and Bonhams auction, Drawn to Film: Animation Art Featuring the Collection of Ted and Dawn Hopkins, will be held on June 13 in New York.

###

HERBIE THE LOVE BUG CHARMS AT BONHAMS AND TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM)

TCM PRESENTS ... TREASURES FROM THE DREAM FACTORY
23 Nov 2015
New York

NEW YORK — Herbie and co-star Giselle from 1977's Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo will be offered at auction in Treasures from the Dream Factory, presented by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Introduced in The Love Bug (1968), Herbie is a white 1963 Volkswagen Beetle who follows race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) home from the showroom. That film was such a success that Disney subsequently made five more movies and two television shows about the anthropomorphic car. In all, the Herbie films grossed more than $200 million at the box office in their initial domestic release, or $725 million in today's currency.

The Herbie for sale at Bonhams New York on Nov. 23, was discovered in a warehouse in Florida several years ago and remains in largely unrestored condition. Originally built for Herbie Rides Again (1974) and also used in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, it is one of the ingenious "Invisible Driver" Herbies. Modified with an elaborate system of sprockets and pulleys connected to a second steering column under the front seat, the driver sits in the backseat to give the impression that the car is driving itself. This car also has the distinction of being the only vehicle ever to leave its tire print in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, during promotion for Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.

Herbie is joined by his love interest from the film, a powder blue Lancia Scorpion named Giselle. In the film, Giselle is Herbie's competitor in the Trans-France Race, driven by Diane Darcy (Julie Sommars). Herbie quickly became enamored of this shapely sports car, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers held in his back bumper. Three Scorpions were used in filming, with the other two believed to have been subsequently crashed and scrapped. This car was auctioned off in 1980, repainted and for a time used as a daily driver before being discovered by its present owner who recognized its bolt-on roll bar and several other movie modifications. The car was then entrusted to Disney movie car expert Dan Miller at Red Barn Restorations in northeast Ohio who restored to its screen-used appearance. Both cars are accompanied by their original Walt Disney Productions titles.

Other automotive highlights in the auction include Steve McQueen's iconic racing suit from Le Mans ($200,000-300,000) as well as co-star Michele Scalera's racing suit ($5,000-7,000). Both lots were gifted to an Italian gentleman by Titanus, the film's distributor in that country, and have been in his collection ever since.

Treasures from the Dream Factory is the third in a series of movie memorabilia auctions as part of a multi-year partnership between Bonhams and TCM. Past sales have resulted in high-profile sales, such as the Maltese Falcon at $4.2 million, a record price for a movie prop; the sale of Sam's piano from Rick's Café in Casablanca for $3.4 million, a record price for a piano; and Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz at $3 million, a record price for a costume from that film.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The arrival of limited edition cars is always something to look out for. However, the launch of limited edition super cars is even more exciting. In fact, from the time...
by - December 1, 2016
When Maserati released the new Levante, the brand had hoped it would start a new chapter in its rebirth. That plan did not go as expected though as when it...
by - December 1, 2016
Car enthusiasts the world over were surprised when the Facebook page of GTBoard last week showed an image of a Bugatti Chiron being dragged by what appears to be a...
by - November 30, 2016
When driving on the road, you might want to watch out for a red BMW 3-Series Coupe (E92). This BMW might transform itself into a true robot, just like those...
by - November 29, 2016
Who would’ve thought that customizing a car could be a fun activity to gather friends and family? The Corns family owns a 40-acre salvage yard in Colorado and is home...
by - November 28, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries