A statuette of the bird that appeared in the John Huston-directed 1941 film, The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, sold for $4.085 million at an auction on Monday, reports ABC News in a story by the AP.
The figurine is one of two made for the movie. However, the archives department of Warner Bros. confirms it as the only one to appear on screen, according to Bonhams, the auction house that sold the item in an auction that featured classic-movie memorabilia. It also has an inventory number and “The Maltese Falcon” etched on its base.
The unidentified owner acquired the 12-inch-tall prop privately and had owned it since the 1980s. The Warner Bros. Studio Museum, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the MOMA in New York displayed the famous statuette over the years.