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A Casablanca-sized coincidence?

A Casablanca-sized coincidence?
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First Published: Fri, Jul 30 2010. 08 34 PM IST

Updated: Fri, Jul 30 2010. 08 34 PM IST
You can now carry Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman—screen idols, firebrand stars and legendary celluloid couple—in your breast pocket or let them gleam from the pen rest on your study table. American pen company Krone has brought out the Krone Humphrey Bogart Limited Edition Fountain Pen, while Mont Blanc has introduced its Ingrid Bergman La Donna Fountain Pen.
The Bergman pen has an 18-carat gold nib with a heart-shaped hole. The metal cap is engraved with a pattern and Bergman’s “I. Bergman” signature and coated with mother-of-pearl style lacquer. The pen’s red gold-plated clip is set with a royal purple amethyst and its barrel is made of a precious black resin.
When out of ink, you can have a refill in colours such as Mystery Black, Royal Blue, Midnight Blue, Burgundy Red, Lavender Purple, Oyster Grey, Toffee Brown and Irish Green.
The Bogart pen is sexier since it features two images of him. In one, he poses in his fedora hat and trenchcoat, as if about to mouth his famous line, “Here’s looking at you kid”. The barrel of the Bogart pen is hand-painted in vintage black and white.
A combination of painting and silver leaf engraving separates the two images. A three-dimensional engraving of “Rick’s Café Americain” (the nightclub Bogart’s character Rick Blaine owns in Casablanca) highlights the sterling silver band above the barrel. Alternating enamel bands of rich bordeaux and golden yellow embellish the sterling silver cap. A mother-of-pearl coin atop the cap is hand-painted with an ornate Moroccan pattern. An authenticated piece of Bogart’s famous trenchcoat is set into the base of the clip. Two threads from the trenchcoat he wore in Casablanca line the clip of the pen.
Both pens are expensive, but the value of vintage Hollywood, so rare to come by, has never been small.
The Krone Humphrey Bogart Limited Edition Fountain Pen costs Rs4.25 lakh and its roller-ball pen, Rs3.8 lakh; available at Editions pen stores in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. Mont Blanc’s Ingrid Bergman La Donna Fountain Pen costs Rs46,250 and the Bergman ball-point pen, Rs32,850; available at Mont Blanc stores.
—Rahul Jayaram
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First Published: Fri, Jul 30 2010. 08 34 PM IST