Charlie Chaplin's Hat and Other Items Sell in Hollywood

The auction was held not far from where the original Chaplin Studios were located.

Charles Chaplin's original trademark "Little Tramp" bowler hat and cane sold for $62,500 at an auction in Hollywood today, a spokeswoman said.

The worldwide auction house Bonham's sold the memorabilia to an undisclosed purchaser during today's auction at Bonhams auction house on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

The hat was too small, and borrowed from Fatty Arbuckle's father in law nearly 100 years ago when Chaplin borrowed it while improvising at the Keystone Studios.

The Keystone Studios were in the Silver Lake area, and then Mack Sennett moved to Studio City at the site of the present CBS Radford Studios lot.

The Charlie Chaplin Studios were located at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue at the site of the Jim Henson Studios.

Sunday's auction also saw a letter with an erotic self-portrait by John Lennon, featuring his wife Yoko Ono, which went for $25,000.

An archive of original photographs of Marilyn Monroe went for $21,250, and three paintings by crooner Frank Sinatra were sold, with the most-expensive one going for $10,625.


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