Notting Hill
A 19th century blue painted pine door with four fielded panels, brass letter box, ring-handled knocker and numbers 280 -- this door, until the time of cataloguing, was located at 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London and represented William Thackery's [Hugh Grant] front door in the 1999 Working Title production Notting Hill; behind which much of the film's action took place; accompanied by a letter from Richard Curtis, the film's screenwriter, producer and former occupant of 280 Westbourne Park Road
ROSS, Rory and HILLMORE, Peter Notting Hill II, published in Tatler Magazine, October issue, 1999, pp.214-219

Lot Essay

In the film, William Thackery [played by Hugh Grant] shares a house in Notting Hill with Spike [played by Rhys Ifans] - this blue front door appears in several key scenes between Anna Scott [played by Julia Roberts] and William, at the beginning of the film, William introduces his home....So this is where I spend my days and years - in this small village, in the middle of a city, in a house with a blue door, that my wife and I bought together before she left me for a man who looked like Harrison Ford, and where I now lead a strange half-life with a lodger called...Spike...
Notting Hill is the highest grossing British film ever made, and since its release, the front door to 280 Westbourne Park Road has become a bona fide tourist attraction, so much so, that the current owner, who purchased the house from the film's screenwriter, Richard Curtis, has reluctantly had to part with it.

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