Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Golden Ticket to auction for £12,000

One of the original production used Golden Tickets from the Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory movie is to sell at Bonhams with an estimate of £8,000- £12,000. 

Willy Wonka Golden Ticket to sell at Bonhams Auctions
Image: Bonhams


We're talking the original 1971 classic movie starring Gene Wilder, not the 2005 Johnny Depp remake!

The Golden Ticket is part of Bonhams 16th November Rock, Pop and Film memorabilia auction in London.

The ticket was given to the daughter of the director of photography Arthur Ibbetson when she visited her father on the movie set in Munich in 1970.

The ticket measures 17cm x 9cm and is made of gold foil with the inscription:

"Wonka's Golden Ticket. Greetings to you, the finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr. Willy Wonka!"

The Golden Ticket is central to the Willy Wonka film and the film's Director Mel Stuart kept careful tabs on the prop tickets used in the movie.

In July 2019 a Golden Ticket complete with its original Wonka bar sold for £15,808 at a Catherine Southon auction in Surrey, England. The Ticket had been owned by actress Julie Dawn Cole who had played Veruca Salt in the film.

Bonhams themselves have previously sold a Golden Ticket for $35,000 at auction in New York in November 2015. That was from the collection of Hendrik Wynands who had worked as the construction manager on the movie.

"In your wildest dreams you could not imagine the marvellous SURPRISES that await YOU!"

The most expensive Golden Ticket to sell at auction was the one belonging to the main character Charlie Bucket. It was sold from the collection of... you guessed it... the movie's Director Mel Stuart for $47,500 at Profiles in History in Los Angeles in 2012.

Other rare pieces of Willy Wonka memorabilia include an ever lasting gobstopper prop used by Gene Wilder that was purchased on the US TV show Pawn Stars for $100,000.

As Willy would have said "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."

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