The Original Tramp

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yakcam

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Man, that's brilliant! I'm surprised that it's on eBay though and not in a reputable auction house.

Cheers,

Kraig
 

Jedifyfe

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To quote Joe Maddelena from ever episode of Hollywood Treasures...."That is the most iconic movie costume of all time!"
 

nickytea

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Something about that auction description doesn't sound right to me.
I'm going to look into it further, but they mention: "whilst they were filming for the Alfred Karno Company."

Fred Karno was a vaudeville producer Chaplin worked with before he got into film. The Tramp debuted when he was at Keystone studios.
Hrm.

Also doesn't match the Tramp's first official film appearance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j2K3A1S5ak
 

Stairstars

Active Member
Exactly. It would have nothing to do with The Tramp costume assembled in LA on his first days with Sennett.

It looks to me like they have assembled bits and pieces of purported Bille Ritchie costumes and are packaging it as this, meaning the cane and the shoes do not belong. That cane has been auctioned serveral times for little money.

Also, if memory serves, the original Ritchie costume was sold back in the 80s, in London, right from the family and came with letters.

rick
 
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Stairstars

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Here are the images of the Ritchie costume when sold in 1989 and again in 1993 along with the present offering:
 

nickytea

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Yeah, if I was going to drop that much on a costume, I'd want at least ONE picture of Charles wearing it.
 
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