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March 19, 2019 - Filed under: Antique Chairs — Harriet

A chair made for one of the characters in the film Oliver!, that later found a new purpose as a cat bed, has been valued as high as £6,000 by an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

Actor Jack Wild played the Artful Dodger in the 1968 Oscar-winning film, based on the Charles Dickens classic story Oliver Twist.

Wild was a short child actor when he was in the film and had to wear shoe lifts to make him look taller. Carpenters working on the film made the small sized chair as a joke, but Wild sat on it between scenes.

It was bought to the Antiques Roadshow by Claire Harding, Wild’s widow. She said that the chair had been in her home in Hertfordshire, where her cat adapted it as a bed to sleep on. She showed the chair together with a script from the film and an album of photographs. Antique expert John Foster valued them and the chair at between £4,000 and £6,000.

The chair valuation got an enthusiastic response from the crowd watching. Harding said:

“When they realised what it was and who it was connected to, there was such a warm response, there was a sense of love really. It’s not about the value of the chair. That’s the value – the fact Jack is still remembered with warmth.”

Antique sofas or chairs can be found at a Lancashire antique dealer, although it is generally not recommended to let pets use them as beds!

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