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Auction of Bergman belongings looms

Push being made to preserve filmmakers estate

Maybe he should have been more specific.

Some 400 of the late Ingmar Bergman’s belongings, including the Golden Globe he won for “Wild Strawberries” in 1960 and the Swedish Golden Bug he won for “Fanny and Alexander” in 1982, will be auctioned off Sept. 28 by the Bukowskis auction house in Stockholm. The auction even includes the Lanterna Magica that Bergman claimed inspired him to become a filmmaker, as well as the desk where he wrote most of his scripts.

But the sale may strike some observers as not entirely in sync with the wishes of the helmer, who died in 2007. His will stipulated that “the auction must not be discussed or turned into some kind of emotional calamity.”

Bergman specified that his belongings be auctioned off, with the money to be divided among his heirs, but since his death, there’s also been a big push to preserve his 84-acre estate on the Baltic island of Faro as a shrine and film center.

The Bergman Foundation is banging the drum, trying to collect enough money to buy the site and turn it into a haven for aspiring filmmakers and other artists. Focus Features topper James Schamus is looking to tap wealthy film biz types to pitch in.

That auction is being handled by Christie’s in London, with Aug. 20 as the final date for bids.

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