Saturday, 26 November 2011


Earlier this week I took a trip down to leafy South Kensington to view some rather delicious vintage 1970s Venini chandeliers for a client.  Entering the hallowed grounds of Christies auction house, I wandered through the rooms, looking for the said chandeliers.  Found them, photographed them and registered to bid.

With a bit of time to kill I decided to take a look at what else was up for sale and fell upon the Pop Culture: Film & Entertainment Memorabilia viewing.   It's funny what people like to collect and there were certainly some strange things on offer, some of which would definitely appeal to those who like to attend Star Wars conventions dressed as Darth Vader and spend a lot of time in their bedrooms on the computer.  Amidst the bonkers stuff, I came across something that I would really like to own. This is it.
 Now, I have no real interest in either straight jackets or Harry Houdini for that matter, but there was something about the worn out leather and canvas, the faded colours and the interesting detail that caught my attention.  And, I suppose, the fact that it had been worn by the infamous escapologist himself.

I loved the leather studded detail on the collar and belt - great on a headboard or as wall panels...

The frayed edges of the faded canvas would look great on an armchair or sofa....

And the herringbone/leather combo beg to made up as full length curtains to keep out the winter chill.

The jacket went for £ 30,000.  Love to know who bought it and if they actually tried it on for size!

We won the Venini chandeliers if you're interested, thanks to a client with an iron will and an eye for beautiful things - always a good mix.

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