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Monday, 23 November 2009

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Peter Falk, without his jacket.

Iconic manky mac of the much loved '70's bumbling TV detective Columbo, has sold at auction this week for a record sum of US$53,000,000.

The record rain coat was originally put up on Ebay, but interest was limited due to an over exaggerated reserve price.

The coat was handmade in Pakistan by children forced in to labour at a very young age.

It was purchased from the Sunvalley shopping mall in Concord, Calif. in the late 60's for the hit TV show.

Auctioneer and Columbo fan Limbet Weeks, 28, said "The jacket honked a bit, body odour and cigar smoke mostly. There was even a few old cigar butts and some crumpled paper left in the pockets. It's a real treat for the true fan."

We spoke to Peter Falk, actor, and asked what his memories were of the jacket. "We used several over time, they just rotted through. How can they sell it for that sort of money? It's criminal." He then put his fingers on the bridge of his nose and made to leave.

As he passed through the door he suddenly span on his heels and came back.

"One more thing....I remember when I first wore the jacket. Mrs Columbo said, Sir, that's a mighty fine coat."

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