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The Crown Has Become the Scene of a Prop Heist | Architectural Digest

A selection of props have been stolen during the filming of Netflix’s The Crown, the New York Times reports. This past weekend, while the Golden Globe winning series was filming its fifth season, approximately 350 objects were stolen from three production vehicles in Northern England.

It’s no secret that the spaces the royals inhabit are full of expensive furnishings, and though the environments recreated for television aren’t quite as densely packed with one-of-a kind goods, they still cost quite a pretty penny. Thankfully none of the stolen goods are irreplaceable—the most notable item is a replica of the 1897 Imperial Coronation coach egg by Fabergé—but the value of the lot is estimated at a whopping $200,000. An array of gold and silver treasures are among the disappeared items, specifically a 10 piece silver dressing table set, 12 silver candelabras, and seven gold candelabras. Though its long case was left behind, the clock face of a William IV grandfather clock was taken by the thieves, too, plus a selection of St Louis gilt crystal glassware and decanters and a variety of Russian icons.

The opulence of the show on full display last season.

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“The items stolen are not necessarily in the best condition and therefore of limited value for resale,” Alison Harvey, the set decorator for the fifth season of The Crown, told the Antiques Trade Gazette. “However, they are valuable as pieces to the U.K. film industry.” A statement from Netflix assures viewers that the theft isn’t expected to slow down the shooting schedule. The series, which now stars Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, is scheduled to come back to Netflix in November of this year. 

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