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article imageCoronation Street cat's ashes sell for £844

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 22, 2010 in Entertainment
South Cerney - The ashes of Frisky, the cat seen in the opening credits of Coronation Street for 11 years, brought £844 when they were sold at auction this week.
Metro reported that Frisky beat out about 5,000 other cats for the role. He was hired in 1990, and is the cat seen crouching on the roof of Jack Duckworth’s pigeon loft. He died in 2000, at the age of 14.
The Dominic Winter Auction site listing for lot 171 on July 22 reads: “Coronation Street. The cremated remains of Frisky, the Coronation Street cat, contained in a sealed wooden casket with small brass plaque (contents not examined), 11 x 14 x 9 cm, together with the accompanying certificate by the Elysian Fields Pet Crematorium confirming that Frisky was cremated on 17th November 2000, plus compliments slip, plus a group of nine postally unused colour publicity postcards of Frisky and all but three showing the cat with Coronation Street actors, plus a signed colour photograph of the newsreader Martyn Lewis holding Frisky and reading a copy of his book 'Cats in the News'
Provenance: John & Joyce Rimington, Frisky's owners. A cat had appeared in four successive title sequences to the programme and in 1990 Frisky beat off 5,000 other cats to become the latest feline star in the new montage. From then until 2001 Frisky appeared in the Soap's opening credits, crouching on the roof of Jack Duckworth's pigeon loft. Frisky got to meet the actors on the show and until his death in 2000 at the age of 14 he earned thousands of pounds for charities by making personal appeareances (sic).”
The auction house had expected the ashes to go for £100 to £150.
Chris Albury, of Dominic Winter Auctions, had previously told Metro it was one of the quirkiest lots they had for auction this year.
“We're not expecting an auction room dogfight but this will add some light relief to the day's proceedings,” he said.
Said John Rimington, Frisky's owner, told the paper that Frisky had been a much-loved pet who had captured the heart of the nation and made thousands of pounds for charities.
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