Lady Penelope for sale

An original Lady Penelope puppet from classic 1960s TV show Thunderbirds is to auction at Bonhams London.

It’s expected to make £15,000-20,000 ($22,864-30,485) on June 24.
Lady Penelope, modelled on the wife of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, was one of the stars of the series.

That, combined with the show’s pioneering nature and enduring popularity, is why a Lady Penelope puppet has a £15,000-20,000 ($22,864-30,485) valuation ahead of its auction later this month.


It would have been worth more, had it not had to undergo an extensive restoration. The lot has undergone extensive alterations since the show debuted in 1964. The neck rod has been replaced, the face has been repainted and while the arms, legs and body are original, they are believed to date to around 1968.

Thunderbirds was a hugely popular children’s TV show, created by Gerry Anderson, that first aired during the 1960s.

Another Lady Penelope puppet sold for £33,600 ($51,215) at Bonhams in 2011.

A guitar played by Coldplay’s Chris Martin during the recording of the band’s debut album Parachutes (2000) is valued at £7,000-9,000 ($10,663-13,710).

Bonhams comments: “This important guitar was catalogued as Chris’s very first guitar used with Coldplay in the original Ebay auction.

“It was purchased from Bill Greenhalgh’s music shop in Chris’s hometown of Exeter. According to Coldplay Chris took this guitar with him when he moved to London for University at UCL in September 1996…

“This guitar was used by Martin during the composition of many of Coldplay’s earliest songs and used during the recording of their pioneering debut album Parachutes 1999-2001.”

It sold for $13,000 in 2009.

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