Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder's costume from Willy Wonka and THE Chocolate Factory is set to go under the hammer as part of a collection of memorabilia from the beloved 1971 movie.

Bosses at California auction house Profiles in History expect the purple velvet frock coat, wool and camelhair slacks, off-white shirt, purple and violet lame vest and satin bow tie to sell for up to $120,000 (£75,000).

Other highlights include the everlasting gobstopper given to actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, as a souvenir from the set, and the Golden Egg used by Cole in the I Want it Now musical number in the film.

The egg comes with a notarised copy of a letter from the actress, whichreads in part, "The Filming of this scene and Veruca's demise was actually filmed on my 13th birthday.

£The egg was presented to me at the end of the day's shoot as a birthday present".

Also up for grabs at the July (12) auction Cole's screen used Golden Ticket, a prop Wonka Scrumdidlyumptious bar and an Oompa Loompa costume worn by one of the actors portraying the industrious Wonka factory workers.

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