'War Horse' Puppets Auctioned off to Lucky Broadway Buffs

Posted by Paige Cerulli
War Horse Puppets
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If you love horses and Broadway, you'll be interested to know that the"War Horse" puppets were auctioned off to lucky buyers.

"War Horse" is a tremendous play which debuted in 2007 at the National Theatre in London. Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, the play traces the life of Joey, a horse who is unfortunate to find himself serving as a war horse during the first World War.

The play is an eye-opening account of the violence of war and the trials that military horses went through, while also highlighting some of the poignant human stories which emerged during such a violent time.

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The book was eventually adapted to a screenplay. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie was released in 2011.

Now, lucky bidders own their very own piece of "War Horse" history. In case you didn't know, the show is so impressive partially because it utilizes life-size puppets to display the horses.

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Each puppet is operated by multiple puppeteers, and the horse puppets are even strong enough so that actors can ride them during the performances.

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The puppets are widely regarded as being incredible works of art - they're strikingly realistic and even move like real horses do.

In an effort to raise funds for the Handspring Trust, a nonprofit which seeks to expand the puppetry arts in South Africa, a number of puppets from the play were recently auctioned off.

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The puppets include Joey the horse, Topthorn, baby Joey, a goose, a pair of crows, and even the pair of horses which pull the gun carriage.

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The auction was a success, raising $90,046. For theater buffs and horse enthusiasts, these puppets provide a way to own a piece of theater history.

The puppets were sold with the stipulation that they never be used for public performances. We bet they all found great homes.

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'War Horse' Puppets Auctioned off to Lucky Broadway Buffs