“This exceeds all expectations,” said Carl Barkman, head curator at Bukowski’s, which arranged the auction.
There was high interest in the auction. About 8,000 people came to see the items and Bukowski’s webpage had visitors from more than 100 countries in the days up to the auction.
In “The Seventh Seal,” a crusader played by Max von Sydow delayed his demise by challenging Death, played by Bengt Ekerot, to a game of chess.
Bergman, who died in 2007 at the age of 89, rewrote the script five times and was given a schedule of only thirty-five days and a budget of $150,000. It was to be the seventeenth film he had directed, and it was this film that established Ingmar’s reputation as a master film director.