Ingmar Bergman's Possessions Auctioned Off
Film icon Ingmar Bergman's personal belongings are fetching much higher prices than expected at a public auction in Sweden.
Bergman's eight children of six different mothers inherited all his real estate, royalties and possessions when the film maker passed away in July, 2007. Around 340 of Ingmar Bergman's personal belongings were auctioned to eager bidders on Monday, among these film cameras and Golden Globe awards.
A paper doll owned by Bergman was bought for SEK29,000 ($4,175), and a boardgame brought in SEK15,500 ($2,230). A wooden model of a theater was expected to sell for around SEK15,000, but ended up fetching SEK1,025,000 ($147,000). The chess set from the Seventh Seal was one of the most anticipated items in the auction, and was sold for 1 million crowns, or $143,000.
Auctioneers Bukowskis were forced to open a second room to accomodate all the visitors.
Ingmar Bergman was active within the movie industry for over six decades, and directed 62 movies. He also wrote over 170 plays.
"I'm surprised because of the prices! I couldn't dream of that!" auctioneer Tom Oesterman told AFP during a break from the auction that was set to go on into the night. "Now we really see how big Bergman is."