In the 1941 film noir
But at a movie memorabilia auction in
The 45-pound, 12-inch-tall figurine of a bird was part of an auction curated by the classic film channel TCM, which also included such objects as a Shirley Temple majorette jacket worn in "Poor Little Rich Girl" ($21,250), Vivien Leigh's negligee from "Gone With the Wind" ($56,250) and
The falcon, however, was the auction's biggest draw. In the movie, detective Spade famously calls it "the stuff that dreams are made of."
One of two known lead statuettes cast for the John Huston film, the auctioned prop was the only one to appear on screen, according to Bonhams. The figure has a bent right tail feather, damage that occured when actress Lee Patrick, who played Spade's secretary, dropped it while handing it to Bogart.
The falcon has been exhibited at the
A representative from Bonhams declined to reveal the buyer of the statue.