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Original bowler hat worn by Patrick Macnee?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:56 am    Post subject: Original bowler hat worn by Patrick Macnee? Reply with quote

Purportedly one of the bowler hats worn by Mr Macnee in The Avengers is up for auction with 'Profiles in History', to be auctioned 9 October 2009 with an estimate of US $3,000.00 - $5,000.00. (Link)

It has been established this is the 'same' hat originally auctioned in Sotheby's London auction of 14 September 1994 and subsequently auctioned again in their New York auction of 14 December 2002 'Planet Hollywood, Selections from the Vault' (Link)

What are everyones thoughts on the authenticity of this hat given there is no real provenance other than an accompanying colour magazine photo of Mr Macnee wearing the same hat? The other hats I'm aware of having been auctioned or sold all had 'strong provenance' in that they had either been signed on the inside by Mr Macnee or had come from Mr Macnee himself (with proof). Knowing the identity of the original consigner of the hat to Sotheby's 1994 auction may help establish a more solid provenance, but this information may not be forthcoming.

Would Herbert Johnson Hatters be able to verify the hat as having been worn by Mr Macnee since they made all of Mr Macnee's bowler hats for the show. A bit of research tells me that given the Herbert Johnson stamp and label shown in the photos states 38 New Bond St. London. W. that this hat was made prior to 1966. Failing this would Mr Macnee himself be able to verify the hat? How would I get in contact with him? Can we at least identify what episodes Steed wore a light brown bowler hat (this could be the B&W episodes as well as the colour episodes) and of course there would have been more than one made of each colour given there were supposedly 30 made for the production)

As a potential bidder I would like to be certain the hat was indeed worn by Mr Macnee in the show and is not simply an ordinary Herbert Johnson bowler hat with no attribution to The Avengers whatsoever.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 12:47 am    Post subject: Re: Original bowler hat worn by Patrick Macnee? Reply with quote

DarkAvenger wrote:
Purportedly one of the bowler hats worn by Mr Macnee in The Avengers is up for auction with 'Profiles in History', to be auctioned 9 October 2009 with an estimate of US $3,000.00 - $5,000.00. (Link)

It has been established this is the 'same' hat originally auctioned in Sotheby's London auction of 14 September 1994 and subsequently auctioned again in their New York auction of 14 December 2002 'Planet Hollywood, Selections from the Vault' (Link)

What are everyones thoughts on the authenticity of this hat given there is no real provenance other than an accompanying colour magazine photo of Mr Macnee wearing the same hat? The other hats I'm aware of having been auctioned or sold all had 'strong provenance' in that they had either been signed on the inside by Mr Macnee or had come from Mr Macnee himself (with proof). Knowing the identity of the original consigner of the hat to Sotheby's 1994 auction may help establish a more solid provenance, but this information may not be forthcoming.

Would Herbert Johnson Hatters be able to verify the hat as having been worn by Mr Macnee since they made all of Mr Macnee's bowler hats for the show. A bit of research tells me that given the Herbert Johnson stamp and label shown in the photos states 38 New Bond St. London. W. that this hat was made prior to 1966. Failing this would Mr Macnee himself be able to verify the hat? How would I get in contact with him? Can we at least identify what episodes Steed wore a light brown bowler hat (this could be the B&W episodes as well as the colour episodes) and of course there would have been more than one made of each colour given there were supposedly 30 made for the production)

As a potential bidder I would like to be certain the hat was indeed worn by Mr Macnee in the show and is not simply an ordinary Herbert Johnson bowler hat with no attribution to The Avengers whatsoever.


that's a problem...you know, dealing with 'props' from beloved shows..

i guess, the bottom line is...buyer beware...

you pays yer money, and take yer chances..

good luck in chasing the truth down...concerning this item...
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