Laika to auction puppets from ‘Coraline,’ ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman’

Jan. 06, 2015 | 2:50 p.m.
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A puppet from "The Boxtrolls" features the film's hero, Eggs, a boy who is raised by trolls. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "Coraline" features the film's heroine wearing her blue star sweater and dragonfly barrette. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "ParaNorman" features the film's hero, 11-year-old Norman. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "The Boxtrolls" features the kindly troll named Fish, a father figure to the film's protagonist. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "The Boxtrolls" features the villainous Archibald Snatcher. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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The Snatchers Boxtroll Exterminator's Truck prop from "The Boxtrolls." (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "Coraline" features the villainous "Other Mother." (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

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A puppet from "ParaNorman" features Judge Hopkins, back from the dead as a zombie. (Laika Studio Archives / Heritage Auctions)

Fans of “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “ParaNorman” have the chance to own a little piece of the acclaimed animated films.

In time for its 10th anniversary this year, the Portland, Ore.-based animation studio Laika is auctioning over 250 puppets, models, props and other artwork used to make its stop-motion films.

A mecha drill prop used in "The Boxtrolls" is up for auction. (Laika / Heritage Auctions)

A mecha drill prop used in “The Boxtrolls” is up for auction. (Laika / Heritage Auctions)

Hero Complex readers get a first look at one of the props up for auction — the mecha-drill used by the villainous Snatcher in “The Boxtrolls,” which opened in theaters in September and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Annie Award, among other accolades. At just over 5 feet, the drill is the largest prop ever made for a stop-motion film, according to Heritage Auctions, which is hosting the auction.

“The Art of Laika” auction, to be held Feb. 12 in Beverly Hills, marks the first time the studio behind the offbeat and critically acclaimed films (Laika’s freshman film “Coraline” and 2012 feature “ParaNorman” were both nominated for Oscars) is opening its archives.

“The studio’s legions of die-hard fans regularly ask Laika for the opportunity to own some of the masterfully engineered puppets, props and other artwork used to make these beloved films,” Hertiage Auctions’ director of animation art Jim Lentz said in a news release. “So the studio is finally offering a specially curated collection of items from its production archives.”

A portion of the auction’s proceeds will be donated to the Art of Elysium, a nonprofit dedicated to helping artists and critically ill children.

“Laika’s films aim to promote thought, feeling, and connectivity through art, inspired by our shared humanity,” said Laika’s president and CEO Travis Knight in the news release. “We’re deeply gratified that the spirit of our work has resonated so strongly with audiences around the world. … We’re so pleased to open up our vaults for animation fans around the world and to support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is so close to our hearts.”

Selected items from “The Art of Laika” will be exhibited Jan. 27-29 at Heritage’s Dallas location, Feb. 3-5 in New York and Feb. 9-12 in Beverly Hills.

Check out some of the puppets and props up for auction in the gallery above.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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One Response to Laika to auction puppets from ‘Coraline,’ ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman’

  1. @Tuckerpete says:

    The fans who would love to own one of these is an eBay type person so why are they using Hertiage Auctions who specialize in selling to the Thurston Howell III crowd?

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