Film canister with Berle's powderpuff and powder, used on the television show
Lot 3084
A Milton Berle powderpuff from his "Makeup!" gag
Sold for US$ 3,125 inc. premium
Lot Details
A Milton Berle powderpuff from his "Makeup!" gag
A round, thin, fabric pillow, with white powder extant, housed in a circa 1970s Eastman film canister. In a running gag on The Milton Berle Show, Berle would yell "Makeup!", a stagehand would hit him in the face with a giant powderpuff loaded with white powder, and Berle would stagger around, dazed. This skit became a true pop culture trope, and has been used on shows ranging from The Brady Bunch to Family Guy, including by Berle himself when he hosted The Muppet Show in 1977. Berle's most famous prop, this lot is a piece of television history.
Canister: 15" diameter.
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