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Phoenix Nights props to be sold at auction


The cast of Phoenix Nights.

Fans of the classic sitcom Phoenix Nights are getting a chance to own a piece of the show’s history.

Over 25 original props from Phoenix Nights and its spin-off Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere are being auctioned off on January 31st.

Among the items up for grabs are two giant six-foot signs with Ray Von’s illuminated “Pull Off Into Paradise” invitation to the Phoenix Club. The pressure pad-activated signs, expected to sell for £200-£300 each, were a regular gag on the show.

Props from Phoenix Nights are up for sale next month.

Also on offer are banners, beer advertisements, and metal plaques seen at the Phoenix, including ones reading “Tony Knowles Suite” and “Gavin ‘The Captain’ Gladstone Aged 79 RIP.” The plaques are estimated to go for £40-£120. Fans can also bid on original stage plans and construction drawings of the Phoenix set, valued around £60.

A beach-themed photo cutout board from the Max & Paddy spinoff carries an estimate of £200-£300.

Rob Sweeney, saleroom manager at auction house Warren and Wignall Ltd, says the props evoke nostalgia for the classic comedy. “It’s exciting when you get items like this, especially being a fan and when you also like the things you do,” he remarked.

The auction house previously sold a Phoenix Club sign prop for £3,000 last year. According to Sweeney, “After selling the Phoenix Nights sign, the gentleman got in touch to see if we could sell these items.”

With the sitcom’s enduring popularity, especially in its native North West England, interest is likely to be high for this rare chance to secure a unique piece of Phoenix Nights history.

Television comedy is an especially evocative memory for many people, and popular (or cult) favourites can command big money. For example, a Monty Python record signed by all of the troupe will now cost you around £500. Full cast photographs from Only Fools and Horses sold for several hundred pounds in 2022.

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