Chaplin’s camera

Got £90,000 spare? Charlie Chaplin’s Bell & Howell camera is being auctioned by Christies in London on 25 July, and is expected to fetch a price between £70,000 and £90,000. The silent Bell & Howell 2709 model camera was bought by Chaplin in 1918. It was used by Chaplin throughout the 1920s (The Kid, The Gold Rush, The Circus etc) and into the 1903s for City Lights and Modern Times. It continued in use up to the 1950s for animation work and shooting titles. It’s part of a motion picture equipment sale, and will be on view at Christies’ showrooms from 21 July.

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