Hundreds of sets, furniture and costumes from Netflix's The Crown are up for auction, including a replica of the famous ‘revenge dress' worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Bonhams will auction nearly 450 props, including replicas of the late Queen's and Diana's costumes, the Princess of Wales' leopard print swimsuit and Versace sunglasses, worn in the first installment of the final season.
A custom replica of Diana's so-called revenge dress, which she wore the same night the then Prince of Wales confessed her infidelity on national television, is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000.
Other items to go under the hammer include a full-length ivory wedding dress and veil worn by Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and the facade and front door of Number 10 Downing Street, estimated to be worth between £20,000 and £30,000.
Also on sale is a replica of Buckingham Palace's wrought iron gates, estimated at between £6,000 and £8,000, and a reproduction of the Queen's Coronation carriage, expected to fetch between £30,000 and £50,000.
Other notable items include the engagement ring worn by actress Emma Corrin as Diana and the royal blue crepe suit with pussybow blouse she wore when announcing her engagement to Charles.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards establishing The Crown Scholarship, in partnership with television company Left Bank Pictures, at the National Film and Television School (NFTS), which has sites across the UK.
The program will support dozens of students attending NFTS over the next 20 years, helping them receive specialized training in behind-the-camera specialties, from editing and compositing to directing and production design.
More than 60 NFTS alumni have contributed to the Netflix show in areas including sound design, VFX, compositing, art direction and editing.
Charlie Thomas, Bonhams UK group director of house sales and private and iconic collections, said: “The iconic costumes, props and sets from The Crown have been extensively researched and made with truly impressive attention to detail by artisans.
“Not only is it an incredible opportunity to own pieces from the landmark show, it's also the closest one can get to the real thing – whether it's the facade of 10 Downing Street or Princess Diana's engagement ring.
Jon Wardle, director of the NFTS, commented: “We are delighted that future talent coming from the National Film and Television School will benefit from the excellent items generously donated by Left Bank Pictures and The Crown.
“Since its inception, the dedicated craftsmanship of more than 60 NFTS alumni has been instrumental in bringing such an iconic series to life.”
Andy Harries, managing director of production company Left Bank Pictures and executive producer of The Crown, said: “Its huge global success has a lot to do with working with the best creative and production talent in this country and we want to invest the proceeds of this wonderful auction for the next generation of film and television talent.
“The NFTS has been part of The Crown's history from the beginning with many of its alumni contributing to the production of the show over the years.
“I have long admired the ethos and training of the school and personally supported it.
“So I'm thrilled that The Crown's legacy will be to provide so much financial support to so many students at NFTS for decades to come.”
A live sale will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2024 at Bonhams in London, with an online auction taking place between 30 January and 8 February on the Bonhams website.
The second part of the sixth season of The Crown will be released on Netflix on December 14, marking the end of the hit drama series.