Huge showbiz auction is offering lots from Harry Potter and James Bond
Item set to trump them all is 14-inch Lady Penelope from 60s Thunderbirds
Also on offer is gold jumper worn by Madonna and Sir Cecil Beaton sketch
HER acting might rightly be described as stiff and wooden – but Lady Penelope has outshone a host of stars.
The 14in Thunderbirds puppet from the 1960s TV series is expected to fetch a far higher price at an auction of showbusiness memorabilia than items linked to Madonna, James Bond and The Beatles.
Lady Penelope’s £20,000 asking price easily trumps the £7,000 estimate for the gold-coloured jumper worn by Madonna in her 1987 movie flop Who’s That Girl and a black velvet double-breasted jacket from 1972 once owned by Ringo Starr.
Several sketches by Oscar- winning costume director and photographer Sir Cecil Beaton are likely to attract fierce bidding. They include a drawing worth an estimated £2,000 of a sumptuous purple gown worn by Barbra Streisand in the 1970 film On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Mrs Thatcher’s Spitting Image puppet is also for sale, with an asking price of £1,500.
Stephen Maycock, a consultant specialist for entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams, said: ‘Lady Penelope is the highest estimate lot in the auction. It is funny to think we are talking about a 14in puppet, but she is a star in her own right. Collectors are very passionate about the original Thunderbirds. When you think of the original series you think of Lady Penelope, Parker and the pink Rolls-Royce.’
Mr Maycock said the new Thunderbirds reboot on TV, which features computer generated images instead of puppets, has boosted Lady Penelope’s profile.
‘The new series will have introduced younger viewers to the original puppets,’ he said.