Swiss Chaplin Museum makes winning bids

Charlie Chaplin’s dining table and 24 matching chairs are headed “home” to his old villa on Lake Geneva.

This content was published on September 21, 2010 - 21:29 and agencies

The Chaplin Museum, housed in Manoir de Ban, bid SFr31,000 ($31,065) to win the Louis XVI-style furniture at a Christie’s auction in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

In addition, the museum bid on another eight pieces. Other bidders included people from the Netherlands, China and the United States.

All together, 33 items were auctioned off for a total of SFr118,500. Chaplin’s four-poster bed went for SFr6,580, his gramophone for a surprising SFr2,500.

Seven items, including a sewing table, failed to attract the minimum bid.

The British actor and comedian spent the last 20 years of his life (1889-1977) in Switzerland.

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