The original maquette for "Bob the Builder", kindly donated by Peter Orton,
Lot 606
The original maquette for "Bob the Builder", kindly donated by Peter Orton,
Sold for £12,000 (US$ 20,157) inc. premium
Lot Details
The original maquette for "Bob the Builder", kindly donated by Peter Orton,
painted composition and dyed cotton clothing, under Perspex case on mahogany base with plaque lettered "Congratulations on your 60th birthday, Peter. DIDN'T WE FIX IT! From all your friends at HIT" 9in (23cm) high, case 13in(33cm) high

Footnotes

  • The famous cartoon character Bod the Builder began life as a stop-motion animated children's TV programme about the adventures of a construction contractor and his friends.

    It stars Bob, voiced by Neil Morrissey, his colleague Wendy, and various neighbours and friends, and their gang of anthropomorphised work-vehicles and equipment. In each episode they help with renovations, construction, and repairs, and with other projects as needed. The show emphasises conflict resolution, co-operation, socialisation, and various learning skills.

    Bob's catch-phrase "Can we fix it? Yes, we can!" is also the title of the show's theme song; the song became a Christmas No. 1 in the single charts in 2000 and appeared 72nd in the all-time UK best-sellers list of 2002. A second single by Bob, "Mambo No.5", with lyrics adapted from Lou Bega’s 1999 hit version, also reached number one a year later.

    There is also a movie, "A Christmas to Remember", starring Elton John, Alison Steadman and Noddy Holder, a wide range of merchandising, toys, gifts and a computer game based on Bob and friends.

    This maquette, the original and first concept for Bob, was created, designed and used for the first series filmed in Manchester. It was presented to Peter Orton, the founder of HIT Entertainment, by Jackie Cockle the producer of the series and his colleagues at HIT Entertainment in June 2003.
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