The jewel-encrusted falcon that drove the plot of John Huston's classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be put up for auction in New York this November.
Obtained directly from Warner Bros' prop department, the falcon will be sold to the highest bidder at What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, as Curated by Turner Classic Movies. Appraised by fine art auctioneers Bonhams as well as TCM, the famed blackbird will be sold on Nov. 25th with part of the proceeds going to benefit Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation.
The Maltese Falcon marked the first of five classic collaborations between first-time director Huston and Humphrey Bogart, whose performance as world-weary private eye Sam Spade turned the character actor into a major star.
Other items up for grabs at the auction will be the polka dot dress worn by Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945), Shirley Temple's majorette uniform from Poor Little Rich Girl (1936), and a typed draft of the script from John Huston's other great collaboration with Bogie, The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948).
Humphrey Bogart holding 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941)/Warner Bros.