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Prologue - Andrew Lloyd Webber
(The Stage Of Paris Opéra House, 1905)
Sold. 665, ladies and gentlemen:
A papier-mache musical box, in the shape of a barrel-organ.
Attached, the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals.
This item, discovered in the vaults of the theatre, still in working order.
May I start at twenty francs? Fifteen, then?
Fifteen I am bid. Sold, for thirty francs to the Vicomte de Chagny.
Thank you, sir.
A collector's piece indeed
Every detail exactly as she said
She often spoke of you, my friend
Your velvet lining, and your figurine of lead
Will you still play, when all the rest of us are dead?
Lot 666, then, a chandelier in pieces.
Some of you may recall the strange affair of the Phantom of the Opera:
A mystery never fully explained.
We are told, ladies and gentlemen,
That this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster.
Our workshops have repaired it and wired parts of it for the new electric light,
So that we may get a hint of how it may look when reassembled.
Perhaps we may frighten away the ghost of so many years ago with a little illumination, gentlemen?