Lot 355: Gene Wilder "Willy Wonka" signature costume from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
December 21, 2013
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
355. Gene Wilder “Willy Wonka” signature costume from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. (Paramount, 1971) This is Gene Wilder’s signature “Willy Wonka” costume worn in the title role as the mysterious and eccentric candy maker during the production of the film in Bavaria. Costume consists of flamboyant purple velvet frock coat (with interior “Neue Theaterkunst” label reading “Wonka 15 – 78”), wool & camelhair slacks, off-white shirt with “H. Reiser München” label, distinctive purple & violet lamé vest with floral design and satin bow tie. Originally obtained from Michael D. Beinner, Director of Field Advertising and Publicity for Paramount Pictures who was gifted the costume following its promotional tour of several key cities around the U.S. Without doubt, one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable costumes in the history of film.
$40,000 - $60,000