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Watch This Labyrinth Tribute From the Film's Youngest Actor

Following the death of David Bowie on January 10, fans all over the world have celebrated his legendary career in the most appropriate way possible: by watching and listening to his many works. In the U.K., Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986) returned to theaters this week to honor the Goblin King and to raise money for Cancer Research UK. While fans of the film know a lot about Bowie and his co-star, Jennifer Connelly, they may be less familiar with what became of the film's youngest star.

Toby Froud, who played the MacGuffin at the center of the film (yep, he was also named Toby in the movie), is also the son of the film's costume/conceptual designer Brian Froud and puppet designer Wendy Froud. Now in his early 30s, Froud has entered into the family business and works as a puppet fabricator, with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005) and ParaNorman (2012) among his credits

On his Facebook page this week, Froud shared the above video from the set of Lessons Learned, a live-action puppet short film he wrote and directed, which was executive produced by Henson's daughter, Heather. In it, the crew pays tribute to the iconic "Magic Dance" scene from Labyrinth and lip syncs along.

In the caption of the post, Froud wrote the following tribute: "This week the world lost an amazing man, one that was so impactful on so many of our lives, the art he contributed to this world touches us all on so many levels, I wish I had been able to meet him as an adult. RIP David Bowie forever the Goblin King."

Banner image via YouTube.

[h/t: The Independent]

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Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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