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The first-ever prototype Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) puppet built for the production of Henry Selick's stop-motion animated dark fantasy film Coraline and signed by author Neil Gaiman. In this adaptation of Gaiman's novella, Jones discovered a mysterious door in her new home that led to a strange parallel world.
This multi-piece puppet head and body was created by artist Martin Meunier circa January 2006 for one of the earliest "puppet summit" meetings held with director Henry Selick during preproduction on the film. Meunier worked from a character maquette sculped by Damon Bard to create the prototype that showed how replacement faces could be installed with magnets to facilitate replacement animation. The resin head features eyes installed on socket joints, magnets to attach the face, silicone hair and a silicone body. Director Selick approved the format of the puppets to be used based on this maquette, which was then the first three-dimensional puppet representation of the character used for discussions in meetings.
The piece was signed by author Gaiman at the end of production, and inscribed with a "1" to signify the fact that it was the first puppet created and therefore a significant piece of Coraline history. Included with the lot is a letter of authenticity from Martin Meunier who was the film's Facial Animation Designer and built this piece. The bust is in good overall condition with some wear, including scuffing and paint chipping throughout. Dimensions (assembled): 4.5" x 3" x 2" (11.5 cm x 7.75 cm x 5.25 cm)
Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.