Jack Torrance’s jacket in The Shining was sold by Aste Bolaffi for 24,000 euros (including buyer’s premium). After a long battle of Internet bids, a Californian collector won the jacket included in the cinema auction dedicated to Stanley Kubrick. The burgundy velvet jacket, one of the most iconic stage clothes in film history, was the top lot of the sale. Many enthusiasts and curious participants attended the auction of Emilio D’Alessandro’s collection, the director’s long-time assistant, and over one hundred bidders participated from all over the world, especially from the United States.
The most iconic set props were highly sought-after, in particular: the rug with an optical design from the Colorado Lounge in the Overlook Hotel, where the crazy main character “works” on his novel, sold to an American buyer for 16,250 euros, and the long film fragment of “The Shining” given to D’Alessandro by the director, which sold for 8,100 euros.
Kubrick’s military jacket sold for 12,500 euros and his membership card for the “Writers Guild of America”, the American union for screenwriters, was a great success, rising from a starting price of 1,000 euros to a final price of 16,250 euros. The collection of signed letters from the director achieved very good results as well, in particular “The last mail pickup”, the last message written by Kubrick to Emilio, in which the director admits that he is very sad that Emilio will soon return to Italy, was sold for 2,000 euros.
The auction ended up with over 75% of lots sold, and a total of over 130,000 euros (including buyer’s premium).