‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ accordion played by ‘Polka Queen’ Vlasta Krsek up for auction

For decades, Vlasta Krsek has kept her favorite accordion – which she played with dizzying abandon in the downtown Chicago parade scene in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – in her bungalow in Berwyn.

Today, more than a year after his death at the age of 83, it is up for auction.

Here’s Vlasta Krsek (top left) playing the accordion as Matthew Broderick sings for the parade crowd in downtown Chicago in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Paramount Pictures

This is part of a Friday auction of Hollywood memorabilia that also features John Travolta’s “Vincent Vega” costume from “Pulp Fiction,” Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman” lasso, and Patrick Swayze’s surfboard from ” Point Break “.

The accordion that Vlasta Krsek played in the parade scene of

The accordion that Vlasta Krsek played in the parade scene of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is to be sold by Julien’s Auctions.

Pre-auction bids for the accordion reached $ 2,500 on Wednesday, according to Julien’s auctions.

Krsek, known as the International Queen of the Polka, hammered “Twist and Shout” and “Danke Schoen” on her accordion on a parade float supporting Matthew Broderick in the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller”.

Prague-born WWII refugee Krsek composed polkas for the Chicago Bears and Pope John Paul II, performed for President Ronald Reagan, and previously danced the polka with Mayor Harold Washington.

His accordion is a Baldoni, a company that has long been based in Wisconsin and is known for its craftsmanship, according to the book “Squeeze that!” A cultural history of the accordion in America.

“This accordion was special,” said Helen, Krsek’s daughter. “It sounded special – especially with his fingers pressing the keys. “

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