MONTBLANC: Charlie Chaplin 18K Gold Atelier Privés Limited Edition 88 Skeleton Fountain Pen

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Lot 1061
MONTBLANC: Charlie Chaplin 18K Gold Atelier Privés Limited Edition 88 Skeleton Fountain Pen

Sold for US$ 31,250 inc. premium
MONTBLANC: Charlie Chaplin 18K Gold Atelier Privés Limited Edition 88 Skeleton Fountain Pen
This instrument pays tribute to perhaps the greatest figure of 20th century cinema, Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin's character, the Little Tramp, represents the indomitable spirit of humanity, comically beset by adversity but never defeated. This pen's intricate cog-wheels in 18K solid white gold suggest the machines and machinations featured in Chaplin's most celebrated film, Modern Times. Each detail of the pen's design recalls a different aspect of Chaplin's persona: the barrel and cone suggest his baggy trousers; the captop is based upon his bowler hat; and the solid gold clip resembles his cane. Each cog-wheel is set with a brilliant-cut white diamond, and the captop is set with a luminous mother-of-pearl Montblanc star.

Montblanc greatly underestimated the labor and expense of making this intricate masterwork, and thus the cost of production exceeded the pre-release advertised price. Montblanc honored the originally-advertised price and quickly sold the full run of 88 pens at a significant loss. It is rumored that as a result of this miscalculation, Montblanc has decided to never again create a pen of this intricacy and labor-intensiveness. This pen, then, can be said to represent the highest evolution of Montblanc's famous design ethic, a pinnacle unlikely ever to be matched. Mint condition.

Medium 18K gold nib engraved with Chaplin's iconic accoutrements. Outer box, inner box, lacquered wood display box, booklet, special copy of Chaplin book from Taschen Books' "Movie Icons" series with Montblanc-branded wraparound band. Limited Edition: 25/88.

Provenance: Fine Montblancs from a European Collection.
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