Saturday Night Fever dance floor makes $1m

The iconic illuminated dance floor from Saturday Night Fever (1977) crossed the block at Profiles in History last night.

The floor cost a massive $15,000 to build and was designed as the centrepiece of the hugely popular movie.

Saturday Night Fever

The dance floor cost a huge amount to custom build 

It’s among the most potent symbols of its era (especially when accompanied by a white-suited John Travolta).

Saturday Night Fever was based on a 1976 article in the New York Magazine titled Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night, by British writer Nick Cohn.

It related his experiences in the gritty disco scene of the New York City boroughs.

In reality, Cohn visited one disco in Brooklyn and left straight away when someone threw up on his leg. He made up the rest of the article, basing the main character on an acquaintance from London.

The floor has been in more or less constant use since filming wrapped.

It stayed at 2001 Odyssey, the club where the movie was shot, until its closure in 2005.

Producer Hal Wallis’ personal, annotated copy of the script for Casablanca (1942) achieved $140,000.

It includes revisions from the writers and notes on the minutiae of filming.

Wallis has added the legendary line “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” at the end.

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