Oliver! chair valued on Antiques Roadshow stuns widow of Dodger actor

Oliver! chair valued on Antiques Roadshow stuns widow of Dodger actor

Claire Harding with antiques expert John Foster and the late Jack Wild’s chair from the Oliver! set (Picture: BBC)The widow of Oliver! star Jack Wild was left stunned after hearing the price of an original prop from the film set.
Wild, who died of oral cancer in 2006, was just 14-years-old when he played Artful Dodger in the 1968 musical.
Claire Harding appeared on Sunday night’s episode with a high chair that had ‘Dodger Jack’ inscribed on it. The late actor used to sit in it on set.
Harding explained that it was built for him ‘because he was so tiny.’

Jack Wild was 14-years-old in the 1968 musical Oliver! (Picture: Columbia Pictures)She said: ‘The normal directors’ chairs weren’t appropriate for him so the chippies on set built this.’
Antiques expert John Foster ‘loved’ the chair and said: ‘It’s just so cool, you’re not going to get another one.’
Together with Jack Wild’s original Oliver! script and a photo album from the film set, the lot was worth between £4000 and £6000.

The items together were worth between £4000 and £6000 (Picture: BBC)

Wild, pictured here with Claire, died of oral cancer in 2006 (Picture: PA)A shocked Claire joked that she would have to ‘stop my cat sleeping on it then.’
Claire added: ‘He loved being an actor and this film in particular I think was the one he held dearest to his heart.’
She also spoke about the friendship between Jack and his co-star Mark Lester, who was eight-years-old when he played Oliver in the film.

Starring: Mark Lester was eight when he played Oliver Twist (Picture: Columbia Pictures)

Mark Lester played Oliver opposite Jack Wild’s Artful Dodger (Picture: ITV/REX)‘I think Jack thought it was important to look after Mark, being so much younger than he was. They became friends later when their ages were closer,’ Claire said.
Antiques Roadshow airs Sundays at 8pm on BBC One

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