'Maltese Falcon' statue goes for $4M at auction

'Maltese Falcon' statue: The final price on the prop was $4,085,000, according to the auction house.

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The iconic lead statuette of the Maltese Falcon from the 1941 film of the same name is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Bonhams. The statuette sold at auction in New York Nov. 25, for $4,085,000.

A statuette of a bird featured in the classic 1941 detective thriller "The Maltese Falcon" sold for more than $4 million at auction Monday.

The final price on the prop was $4,085,000, according to Bonhams auction house.

The black figurine is one of two known statuettes made for the film but the only one confirmed by Warner Bros. archives as having appeared in it, Bonhams said.

The winning bid came over the phone.

The statuette has a Warner Bros. inventory number etched into the base and bears the name of the movie, which starred Humphrey Bogart as private detective Sam Spade.

It was offered in a sale of other classic movie memorabilia.

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