The 47-year-old original set of London's long-running production of The Mousetrap was sold at a charity auction June 18 for an undisclosed sum, the Associated Press reported. Proceeds from the sale of the worn set -- which had been trod upon for more than 19,000 performances -- went to Denville Hall, a care home for elderly actors.
A fresh set was to be in place by June 21 at St. Martin's Theater. The Agatha Christie classic opened Nov. 25, 1952, at the Ambassadors Theater and later moved to the St. Martin's.
The buyer's identity was not disclosed. The set was designed by Anthony Holland.
-- By Kenneth Jones