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Press Release - February 13, 2015

'The Art Of LAIKA' Auction Generates More Than $1 Million

At Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, Feb. 12, 2015; Portion of proceeds benefits The Art of Elysium; Production Animation Puppets, Models, Props, and Original Handmade Art from Academy Award®-Nominated LAIKA Movies exceeds auction house estimates

BEVERLY HILLS — More than 250 screen-used puppets, maquettes, paint test models, props, set pieces, and original concept and production art from LAIKA, the visionary animation studio behind the Academy Award-nominated films The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline, together generated sales of more than $1 million in Heritage Auctions' "The Art of LAIKA" auction in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

A portion of the proceeds of the auction will be donated to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization that works to make art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists, and various populations in need.

The top-selling lot of the auction was the terrifyingly beautiful Evil Other Mother production puppet, in her elaborately realized black dress, from the movie Coraline. The puppet was the subject of spirited bidding that reached a final price of $50,190, five times its pre-auction estimate of $10,000.

A Coraline production puppet of the titular character in her iconic blue-starred sweater, estimated to sell for $5,000+, brought a jaw-dropping final price of $23,900 .

"The Art of LAIKA" auction generated bidding from all over the world, as well as international media attention.

"Collectors and fans around the world turned out en masse to show their love for these films and to try to get a piece of the studio's legacy," said Jim Lentz, Heritage Auctions' Director of Animation Art. "The response to this auction has really been unprecedented, with amazing enthusiasm."

"We're so pleased by the support from animation fans around the world," said Travis Knight, LAIKA's President & CEO. "We're also thrilled to support The Art of Elysium, whose mission is to use the power of art to heal and change lives. That's really at the core of LAIKA's mission as well, and we're deeply grateful that our work has resonated so strongly with so many."

Coraline Concept Original Art LAIKA auction
Other highlights of the auction, and their final prices, included:

ParaNorman Norman Original Animation Puppet: $28,680

The Boxtrolls Archibald Snatcher Original Animation Puppet: $23,900

Coraline Coraline in Orange Pajamas Original Animation Puppet: $22,705

Coraline The Cat Original Animation Puppet: $17,925

ParaNorman Mitch Downe Original Animation Puppet: $17,925

The Boxtrolls Winnie Portley-Rind Original Animation Puppet: $16,730

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Fueled by the vision of its owner, Nike co-founder and Chairman Philip H. Knight, and its President & CEO Travis Knight, LAIKA is a Portland, Oregon-based animation studio specializing in feature films. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2015, LAIKA is in production on its fourth movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, directed by Travis Knight and set for release by Focus Features on August 19th, 2016. A sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan, Kubo and the Two Strings boasts a voice cast led by Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey; Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Brenda Vaccaro, with Art Parkinson, who plays Rickon Stark on Game of Thrones, as Kubo.

Also released by Focus Features, LAIKA's current film The Boxtrolls has earned Academy Award®, Golden Globe, PGA and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Animated Film and won two Annie Awards. The company's first feature, Coraline (2009), earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics' Choice, PGA, and Academy Award® nominations for Best Animated Feature Film; and was named one of the year's 10 Best Films by the American Film Institute (AFI). ParaNorman (2012) garnered BAFTA, Critics' Choice, GLAAD Media Award, PGA, and Academy Award nominations, won two Annies and was cited as the year's best animated film by 14 critics' groups.

About Focus Features

Focus Features ( makes, acquires, and releases movies from rising and established talent and filmmakers. The company is moving forward with a diverse slate of wide releases appealing to a range of moviegoers. Staying true to the company's roots, the slate will also include several specialty films each year.

Current and upcoming releases from Focus include James Marsh's romantic drama The Theory of Everything, nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture; Leigh Whannell's Insidious: Chapter 3, the newest chapter in the terrifying horror series; Tarsem Singh's Self/less, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley; Sinister 2, directed by Ciaran Foy; London Has Fallen, the sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and directed by Babak Najafi; Juan Antonio Bayona's visually spectacular drama A Monster Calls, starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, and Liam Neeson;; and Stephen Hopkins' Race, starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Stephan James as the legendary athletic superstar Jesse Owens.

Focus Features is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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