There are probably a fair few Sherlock fans who wouldn’t mind getting close to Benedict Cumberbatch’s dressing gown, and soon they’ll have the chance – although, sadly, the actor won’t be in it.
The luxury Derek Rose gown will appear alongside Cumberbatch’s now iconic Belstaff coat – worn by Sherlock in the first two series of the BBC1 drama – as part of the Sherlock Holmes exhibition, which opens at the Museum of London in October.
Other rare items relating to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective will include an 1897 portrait of the author painted by Sherlock Holmes illustrator Sidney Paget and the original manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House, the 1903 short story in which Doyle resurrected Holmes after his apparent death at the Reichenbach Falls.
Visitors will also see the literary beginnings of the great detective brought to life by exhibits including original issues of The Strand Magazine, in which the stories were first published, and more artwork by Paget, the man who gave Sherlock Holmes not only his famous aquiline profile but also his trademark deerstalker hat.
Viewers are still waiting to hear when Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman will return for series four of Sherlock but this weekend co-creator Mark Gatiss told RadioTimes.com that producers had made “significant progress” in finding a filming date.
The Museum of London Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens on Friday 17 October 2014 and runs until Sunday 12 April 2015. It is the first major temporary exhibition of Sherlock Holmes in London for over 60 years, since the 1951 Festival of Britain.