Aamir and wife Kiran Rao bid for six collectors’ items at the Osian’s auction in New Delhi
Bollywood star Aamir Khan can now take pride in owning legendary actor Shammi Kapoor’s jacket, one among the six film memorabilia items he bid for, at the Osian’s Cinefan auction in New Delhi. Aamir and his wife Kiran Rao, who reportedly bid for six collector’s items valued at Rs 2,38,000, including late Shammi Kapoor’s jacket for Rs 88,000 on phone.
The auction, held on Tuesday, was held as part of the ongoing 12th Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival. It turned out to be a success with sales of Rs 69.55 lakh and 86 percent lots sold.
Gurgaon-based entertainment hub Kingdom of Dreams successfully bid for the full rights to the last recorded song of legendary Kishore Kumar who recorded it three days before his death in 1987. Kingdom of Dreams will use it for its new musical show Jhumroo, which celebrates the spirit of the singer. They got it for Rs 15.6 lakh.
The auction offered vintage and rare posters, show-cards, stills, song-synopsis booklets among other artefacts. The highlights were 45 signed black and white photographic stills by the evergreen Dev Anand; rare Satyajit Ray designed film posters of the 1960s; the turquoise ring set in silver worn by Farooque Sheikh in Muzaffar Ali’s famous Umrao Jaan; a cricket bat signed by Aamir Khan and the team from Lagaan (Rs 156,000).
According to Neville Tuli, founder chairman, Osian’s: “The auction emphatically indicated that an enormous potential exists for developing the market for Indian cinema memorabilia, and that the film fraternity now feels a sense of respect for its cinematic heritage. Hereafter no one will dismiss these items as raddi (junk). They are collectibles and they have significant financial value.”
The auction also had rare photographic stills and show-cards from films like Aan, Mother India, Dil Diya Dard Liya and Leader. It also included many posters from Rajesh Khanna’s films such as Aradhana, Amar Prem and Andaz.