One of the original Falcon props is going up for auction. Here are the details if you fancy it:
Warner Bros., 1941. Cast lead with dark patina, figure of a falcon on a pedestal with smooth breast feathers, almond eyes, and rounded tail feathers. With Warner Bros. prop department inventory number “WB 90067” to rear tail feathers and underside. Some scratches to head and chest, lower right tail feather visibly bent. A copy of the DVD of the film and a reproduction still accompany this lot.
Dimensions: 12 in. h. x 4 1/2 in. d. x 5 in. w.
Weight: approx. 45 lbs.
One of two known cast lead statuettes created for use in John Huston’s screen version of The Maltese Falcon, the “bent tail feather” bird, and THE ONLY STATUETTE CONFIRMED BY WARNER BROS. ARCHIVES AS HAVING APPEARED ON SCREEN.
Humphrey Bogart plays San Francisco detective Sam Spade in John Huston’s directorial debut. Spade tangles with three nefarious characters played by Mary Astor, Sidney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre, all of whom are chasing a statuette they believe to be a gold and jewel-encrusted figure of a falcon, but which ultimately is revealed to be made of lead.
The WB 90067 falcon was purchased privately by the present owner in the 1980s, and has been in his collection or on exhibition at the Warner Bros. Museum and other prominent institutions since that time (see full exhibition history below). Accompanying the falcon is correspondence from Warner Bros. Archivist Leith Adams confirming that WB 90067 is seen on screen in the classic 1941 film, and that the present owner is the rightful owner of the piece.
The auction will take place on 25th November at Bonhams.