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  • Saturday Night Fever dance floor to hit $1.5m
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    Paul Fraser
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Saturday Night Fever dance floor to hit $1.5m

The original illuminating dance floor from iconic movie Saturday Night Fever is up for auction at Profiles in History.

It’s valued at $1m-1.5m ahead of the June 27 Hollywood Auction 89 in LA.

Saturday Night Fever

The floor remained in the club where the movie was filmed until 2005

The custom-built floor blew a $15,000 hole in the production budget (around $60,525 today).

Yet with the help of the Bee Gees' scorching soundtrack, it proved to be one of the most iconic set pieces of all time.

The floor remained in use in New York's 2001 Odyssey, the disco where filming took place, right up until 2005. In 2015 it appeared in an episode of Glee.

The movie was based on an article titled Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night (1976) by music journalist Nik Cohn, which purported to be an expose of New York’s working class disco scene.

Many years later, Cohn admitted he made up the article.

He arrived at a club in Brooklyn to carry out research and someone was immediately sick on his leg, so he went home.

The character of Tony Manero, played by John Travolta in the movie, was based on an old friend from London.

Other highlights include the doors to Rick’s Cafe from classic movie Casablanca (1942), which are valued at $100,000-150,000.

The doors are among the most famous in movie history.

Casablanca is regularly cited as one of the greatest films of all time. Props associated with it have sold very well in the past, with the iconic piano achieving  $3.4m at Bonhams in 2014.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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