RSC costume auction ends soon

Time is running out to snap up a piece of theatre history in the RSC costume auction.

Items worn by David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen are among lots available in the RSC costume auction on eBay. A total of 54 costumes are being sold to raise funds for the RSC’s Stitch In Time campaign.

Which items are attracting the most bids?

The item with the current highest bid is a pair of brown trainers worn by David Tennant in 2008’s Hamlet. Size 9, and described as “fairly worn following use in many performances”, the shoes are currently going for £537.98 with a total of 36 bids.

Trainers worn by David Tennant - the current highest-priced item in the RSC costume auction on eBay
Trainers worn by David Tennant – the current highest-priced item in the RSC costume auction on eBay

David Tennant also donned the next highest-priced item – a sparkly little blue velvet number. The jacket is missing a few rhinestones, but it’s currently going for £470.

David Tennant blazer
David Tennant blazer

Two more items worn by the former Doctor Who actor take the current third and fourth spots in the big-money items in the RSC auction. There’s a handmade white tunic (£465.50) and a floor-length, cream robe (£460), both from 2013’s Richard II.

A tunic worn by David Tennant in Richard II
A tunic worn by David Tennant in Richard II
A cream robe, worn during Richard II
A cream robe, worn during Richard II

Dame Judi Dench gets a look-in at the top 5 most popular items, as her doublet, hose and ruff, tailored just for Dame Judi for Shakespeare Live! From the RSC in 2016, are currently going for £460. The item is so heavy (1.8kg) that it will need to be delivered by courier to the buyer (or collected from Stratford-upon-Avon).

The doublet and hose worn by Dame Judi Dench
The doublet and hose worn by Dame Judi Dench

Other items in the RSC costume auction

Other items up for auction include Sir Derek Jacobi’s breastplate (£282), a top hat and shirt worn by Sir Ian McKellen (£215), and a pair of black dress trousers worn by David Tennant, which are currently fetching an impressive £195 (+£4.50 postage).

Among the cheaper items are screen prints used in the RSC’s costume department, which must be collected in Stratford-upon-Avon, and a size 8 M&S blazer worn by Anita Dobson in the 2012 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, which is currently going for £21.

When does the RSC costume auction end?

The RSC costume auction ends at 8pm on Friday April 27. Expect frenzied bidding as the auction draws to a close.

Click here to see the latest bids on the RSC costume auction on eBay.

 

David Tennant image above: Photo by Kwame Lestrade (c) RSC

 

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