The original puppets from War Horse will head to Bonhams in London on 13 September 2016, to be sold at a charity auction in aid of the Handspring Trust; an organisation which seeks to inspire creativity and innovation towards new puppet theatre arts.
Bonhams Director of African Art, Giles Peppiatt says: “War Horse captured hearts round the world including famously that of H.M. The Queen. This is a one-off opportunity to acquire a piece of theatrical legend and benefit a great cause.”
This auction is the only time a full set of these famous puppets to include Joey, Topthorn, the Goose and a pair of crows will be made available for sale. Eight sets where originally made for the play with three being preserved for further productions. The sets of puppets for War Horse took eight months to create and are made of aluminium, cane, leather and tyvec for the manes and tails.
With War Horse having toured 11 countries and seen by more than seven million people worldwide, this auction is sure to see a great amount of interest.