Props From The Nightmare Before Christmas Up For Auction

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This week marked the beginning of the Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The much-anticipated exhibition of Burton's artwork and objects connected to his many film projects and creative efforts is a celebration of his uniquely quirky mind. Burton has combined Gothic overtones with unabashed sentimentality in a variety of films along with his longtime collaborator musician Danny Elfman.

One of the pair's most beloved shared visions is the 1993 animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas. The musical fantasy, painstakingly rendered in stop-motion animation, combined iconography from Halloween and Christmas in a very distinctive way. The main character, Jack Skellington, a skeletal figure from Halloween town, tried to offer his own version of Christmas cheer with comical results.

Timed to coincide with the sure-to-be-popular exhibit, Bonhams & Butterfields' Entertainment Memorabilia auction in Los Angeles on June 26 will feature props, concept drawings and storyboards from the award-winning Tim Burton film. The Nightmare Before Christmas won a Golden Globe and a Hugo Award for Best Original Score and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Items to be auctioned off include a screen-used sleigh prop. The Christmas sleigh with a coffin shape is half scale and comes with a trash can. The sleigh is from a scene in which Jack Skellington is bombed out of the sky by the upset civilians below. It comes with a certificate of authenticity from Henry Selick, the Director of the film, along with images from the film. This item is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.

A complete set with a puppet of Sally and her herb patch used in the production of the film is also up for auction. The set can be seen in the film when Sally visits the graveyard herb patch to collect poisonous herbs. It is estimated at $20,000-25,000.

The sale also includes several pastel storyboards, watercolor, pen and ink concept drawings, and a skeletal reindeer puppet which carries an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. A preview of the sale is scheduled for June 24-25, 2011 at Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. More details can be found at

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