PORTLAND, OR — Laika is teaming up with Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) to auction off over 250 props and models from some of its successful stop-motion films, including The Boxtrolls, Coraline and
ParaNorman. “The Art of Laika” event will be presented by Heritage Auctions on Thursday, February 12th in Beverly Hills, CA, and a portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to make art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists, and various populations in need.
“We’re deeply gratified that the spirit of our work has resonated so strongly with audiences around the world,” says Laika president and CEO, Travis Knight. “Laika’s artists and craftspeople are consummate creators, and each piece of this collection is a testament to their talents and imagination. These are beautiful, unique, and handcrafted works of art of the highest order. We’re so pleased to open up our vaults for animation fans around the world and to support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is so close to our hearts.”
Some of the Coraline items up for auction include the Coraline production puppet in her iconic blue-starred sweater, the Cat production puppet, and the Other Mother production puppet in her elaborately realized black dress.
From ParaNorman, items up for auction include the Norman production puppet in his baseball shirt outfit; the Zombie Judge production puppet, with fully articulated mouth and face; and intricate large-scale production props, such as Mitch’s Van and the “Zombie Attack” vending machine.
And from The Boxtrolls, items up for auction include Eggs and Boxtrolls production puppets, complete with their box outfits; the Snatcher production puppet; and the Snatcher’s Mecha-Drill, which, at over five feet, is one of the largest props created for a stop-motion film.
Select highlights from “The Art of Laika” will be on display in Dallas, January 27th through 29th, at Heritage Auctions (3500 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX, 75219); February 3rd through 5th at Heritage Auctions Park Avenue (445 Park Avenue at 57th Street); and February 9th through 12th at Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills (9478 West Olympic Avenue).