James Bond memorabilia auctioned off by Christie’s auction house yielded $2.6 million on October 5 and continuing online through October 8, 2012–”Global James Bond Day”–in an invitation-only charity event commemorating the British spy’s 50th anniversary on the silver screen and the release next month of the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall. The auction took place at Christie’s auction house in London, and was attended by former Bond Roger Moore and the current M, Dame Judi Dench. Bidders from more than forty countries also participated in online bidding. At only 52 lots, a small number for a major entertainment or franchise auction, it was a pretty big haul. Some high-end prop and costume buyers were in 007 heaven. The catalog, available for download here, is one of the best film auction catalogs to date, and features at least one piece of screenused costumes, props, or rare books or marketing material from each Bond film.
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If you were married 50 years ago this time of year (and you know who you are), you’d be celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary–known as the Golden Anniversary. James Bond, the British agent that never grows old throughout his film franchise also scores a Golden Anniversary this year as several companies celebrate his 50th year on the silver screen. It’s not the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but, hey, it’s close–and heck, she’s the Queen. In a year of Olympics in London and British TV series making their mark overseas, it seems fitting that all things James Bond are big from now through the end of the year.
First up is “Global James Bond Day,” slated for October 5, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the London premiere of Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as the first actor to portray Bond, in the first of now 23 official Ian Fleming James Bond novel adaptations. Although we’ve seen no nations making this a holiday or even a nationally recognized celebration, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment all are partnering on this big marketing push leading to the release of Skyfall starring Daniel Craig, premiering November 9, 2012, in the U.S.A.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films are also releasing a documentary about Ian Fleming and the men who made James Bond the largest movie franchise in film history. Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 focuses on the individuals who have kept Bond fresh and alive with the changing times, Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Theater dates for the documentary have not yet been released.
Collectors of screen-used James Bond memorabilia will be happy to hear Christie’s will be auctioning off 50 lots tied to the franchise via an online and live auction charity event benefitting twelve charities (full details are at www.christies.com/bond). Lot details will be released in September.
If you’re in London you can catch some of the most iconic items from the 007 movies displayed at the ”Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style” exhibition at the Barbican center in London continuing through September 5, 2012. If you’re not in London but are lucky enough to be living in or visiting Canada between October 26, 2012 and January 20, 2013, the Toronto International Film Festival and Bell Lightbox will be hosting its own spinoff of the London ”Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style” event.
Exhibition highlights include the steel teeth worn by Richard “Jaws” Kiel in The Spy Who Loved Me (1997); storyboards for Diamonds are Forever (1971); the Anthony Sinclair overcoat worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962); the poker table from Casino Royale (2006); and multiple gadgets from Q Branch including the attaché case given to Bond in From Russia With Love (1963).
The preservationists of original Albert Broccoli’s EON Productions donated copies of each James Bond film–the New York Museum of Modern Art will be hosting its own Bond film retrospective this year.
Like Bond music like Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting a “Music of Bond” night in Los Angeles later this year. If you don’t live in L.A., you might want to know that the best single CD James Bond orchestral compilation of music ever created, Bond and Beyond, was recorded by the late, great Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops in 2002, and can still be found at Amazon.com and other online stores.
And those who saw the big Bond 50 booth at Comic-Con will already know that all 22 Bond films to date will be released for the first time in one Blu-Ray collection beginning September 24, 2012. You can pre-order the Blu-Ray collection Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection for a discount off the release price now at Amazon.com and get a limited edition hardcover book including 50 years of Bond movie posters. It will also be available in a standard DVD collection edition, also now at a pre-order discount at Amazon.com.
And borg.com is participating as well as we continue our ”Retro reviews” of all the original James Bond novels, continuing later this week with Ian Fleming’s Moonraker.
Earlier this season Hollywood Treasure, Syfy Channel’s “reality” series about auction house Profiles in History, featured the Dreier family collection of screenused props, costumes and nostalgic toys. Back in June we reported that the auction house had announced the first part of the Dreier collection would hit the auction block July 28. Chad Dreier and son Doug had amassed a broad collection of costumes and props after Chad’s company Ryland Homes was successfully turned into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The collection itself covers a lot of bases of primarily movies from 2000 onward, with some key pieces from the 1970s and 1980s. Saturday the first part of the collection resulted in a few good buys but mainly showed that the economy is doing fine for those with a lot of money.
So how did the lots that borg.com projected as key pieces fare?
First off was an exquisite original Chewbacca head/mask from the original Star Wars. It had an auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 and I expected this would sell for at least triple that. Profiles called this “the finest screen-correct Chewbacca costume head from the Star Wars trilogy known to exist.” So was I right? The sale price including fees was $172,200. Almost three times the estimate. But this was an exception as most items in the auction sold in-line with auction estimates.
The Dreiers appeared to purchase everything they could get their hands on related to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. Their collection includes Wilder’s key outfit and hat and a bunch of lesser known but recognizable props and production ephemera. Wilder’s hat was expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000 and the costume $60,000 to $80,000. The hat sold for $33,825 and the costume for $73,800. An Oompa Loompa costume carried an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000. Selling for $30,750, it showed how popular these characters still are today.
A Bob Keeshan costume from the 1960s had an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $36,900.
An easily identifiable jacket of the type worn by Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller carried an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $36,900.
The Dreiers were also fans of Christopher Reeve’s Superman from 1978. One of the hero Reeves suits expected to sell between $60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $79,850. We featured the rarer costume worn by his father Jor-El, played by the great Marlon Brando, in our Comic-Con coverage here.
It had the same estimate as the Reeve suit, and sold similarly at $73,800. Both fell in line with expectations.
The auction catalog cover featured an original set of cylon armor from Battlestar Galactica. The suit carried an auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $46,125.
This outfit from the original series had an auction estimate of $12,000 to $15,000. It sold for $17,220.
We also reported on this slick Wolverine costume in our Comic-Con coverage. It had an estimate of $25,000 to $50,000 and sold for $49,200.
One sleeper item I noted was the original comic art for the Battlestar Galactica oversized comic book. With an estimate at only $2,000 to $3,000, I expected it to exceed $10,000. Although it sold over its estimate, it didn’t make my prediction, selling at $4,305.
One other key piece sold at Profiles Saturday of note–a complete Star Trek: The Next Generation mannequin and costume of The Borg. It was not ever for sale at auction before Profiles auctioned it in a recent auction of ex-Paley costumes, but was created by Michael Westmore’s actual production team for a museum collection once owned by The Paley Center. It had an auction estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 and sold for just under $16,000. I know of only three of these that are almost entirely complete and have heard a fourth example exists, but know of only one other complete from-head-to-toe version like this one. These are the classic costumes of The Borg, not the later costumes that have deterioration problems and don’t look half as cool as these versions from “Best of Both Worlds” and “Descent”. So it is awesome that one of these has surpassed prices for Star Trek captain uniforms, including, as in this auction, a Captain Picard costume worn by Patrick Stewart himself, which sold for $13,530.
Congratulations to the new owners of these great pieces of entertainment memorabilia!
AMC Theaters’ newest marathon event is tonight, the Dark Knight Trilogy Marathon, and with more than 60,000 advance ticket sales it has already become the biggest selling marathon movie event to date. Starting at 6 p.m. and culminating with the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises at midnight, tonight is sure to be a big night for Batman fans.
Until then, for your viewing pleasure and to get you psyched for Batman night, here is a gallery of all of the Batman cars–the Batmobiles–that have appeared on-screen, from the TV series in the 1960s to today’s bulky offroad vehicle, featured on the lawn between the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and the San Diego Convention Center last weekend as part of the Comic-Con festivities. The photos I took this weekend don’t do justice to these big, sleek, bad Bat-cars.
First off, above is the original 1955 modified Lincoln that became the Batmobile driven by Adam West in the original Batman TV series.
Details for tonight’s movie event across the country:
Earlier this season Hollywood Treasure, Syfy Channel’s “reality” series about auction house Profiles in History, featured the Dreier family collection of screenused props, costumes and nostalgic toys. Now the auction house has announced the first part of the Dreier collection will be auctioned off, scheduled for July 28, 2012.
Chad Dreier and son Doug amassed a broad collection of costumes and props after Chad’s company Ryland Homes was successfully turned into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The collection itself covers a lot of bases of primarily movies from 2000 onward, with some key pieces from the 1970s and 1980s. There is not a lot of focus to the collection–the Dreiers seemed to acquire several mid-range pieces from movies as opposed to going for the key hero piece from any particular film. For whatever reason they stopped midstream, and the result is that many buyers will be able to fill in their collections from a wide range of productions.
The key pieces?
First off there is an exquisite original Chewbacca head/mask from the original Star Wars. I could be wrong but it looks just like one that circulated the Planet Hollywood theme restaurant chain before they went bankrupt and sold off their collection via Profiles and other outlets. It has an auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000 and I expect this will sell for at least triple that. Profiles calls this “the finest screen-correct Chewbacca costume head from the Star Wars trilogy known to exist.” I’d guess George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch has one or two just as nice, but the statement is probably not far from the truth. For everyone’s favorite lovable Star Wars hero, some folks with big pockets will duke it out for this crown jewel. Some background original series weapons and prequel lightsabers are up for auction, too.
The Dreiers appeared to purchase everything they could get their hands on related to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. Their collection includes Wilder’s key outfit and hat and a bunch of lesser known but recognizable props and production ephemera. Annoyingly his hat and costume are being auctioned separately; the hat is expected to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000 and the costume $60,000 to $80,000. An Oompa Loompa costume has an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.
A Bob Keeshan costume from the 1960s has an estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. If you’re like me you grew up with Keeshan in his nearly 40 year run as Captain Kangaroo. No Mr. Green Jeans?
An easily identifiable jacket of the type worn by Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller carries an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
The Dreiers were also fans of Christopher Reeve’s Superman from 1978. More interesting than one of the hero Reeves suits expected to sell between $60,000 to $80,000 is the rarer costume worn by his father Jor-El, played by the great Marlon Brando.
Although the estimate for the silver blingy Brando costume is the same as for Reeve’s supersuit, if legend status is any indication, expect the Brando to go the way of contemporary Marilyn Monroe’s costumes last summer. Despite some four-figure estimates, expect some Christopher Reeve Clark Kent suits and kryptonite to reach five figures–screen-matched kryptonite doesn’t come up for auction every day.
The cover piece is an original set of cylon armor from Battlestar Galactica. Whether or not you liked the original series, you cannot deny how neat the original cylons looked in 1979. The suit carries an auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. Equally cool, and a nice jewel for some sci-fi TV fan, will be the Colonial Warrior costume from that series.
In particular, the helmet is a great looking piece, and if you watch the TV series Psych, you’ll have seen a colonial helmet as a story element in the entertainment memorabilia episode starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s real-life hubby Freddie Prinz, Jr. as a mega-sci-fi collector.
Iconic for sure. The lot carries an estimate of $12,000 to $15,000. (Profiles is also auctioning off a Geordi LaForge visor from Star Trek: The Next Generation!).
Many of the items are familiar, having sold in other recent Profiles auctions. Look for a quarter scale Batmobile from Batman Returns as well as a deteriorating Batsuit worn by Michael Keaton. The auction includes several X-Men outfits and props, including Wolverine and his claws, Magneto, Cyclops, Storm, and Rogue. For recent films they carry pretty hefty five-figure estimates (except Rogue), but I’d expect the Wolverine to sell for a high amount as the standout of the franchise. Other costumes and props have been seen recently at auction but may be interesting to some bidders (and are certainly just fun to browse through in the catalog), including pieces from Star Trek, such as familar borgs Seven of Nine, Data in First Contact-style uniform, and a Next Generation member of The Borg as well as a Klingon warrior, also pieces from the Indiana Jones movies, Austin Powers, The Hunt for Red October, G.I. Joe, Gladiator and Dances with Wolves.
One sleeper item of note is the original comic art for the Battlestar Galactica oversized comic book. With an estimate at only $2,000 to $3,000, expect this full color beauty to easily exceed $10,000. This comic book is likely to tug at the nostalgia of many a kid from the 1970s. Every other kid I knew had this comic book–it was published and reprinted several times–and who wouldn’t want to own the original cover art now?
For those with smaller budgets, some great toy lots from Star Wars, Pez, and G.I. Joe are being auctioned, too.
By C.J. Bunce
Don Hillenbrand is what you would call a diehard science fiction fan and entertainment memorabilia collector. In particular he is a rabid Star Trek fanboy, a true Trekkie, and he’s one of my oldest Trek collector pals. He recently launched his new website WrathofDhan.com, an online museum of sorts where he shares some of his sense of humor and allows fans to get a closer look at his amazing collection of screenused costumes and props from the show and movies that featured the original Star Trek crew—Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and the rest.
As part of his passion for Star Trek, Don has spent some time over the years trying to track down the original shuttle Galileo—the actual ship that was used by Kirk & Co. in the original 1960s TV Star Trek series. For years rumors persisted about the ship being in Don’s vicinity. Trekkies posted photos of Google satellite images showing the vessel existed, somewhere in Ohio. But no one seemed to know where it was stored. It had undergone extensive restoration over the years. One owner obtained it from the studio and (rumor has it) let their kids play in it in their yard for some time, somewhere in California. The current owner acquired it and supposedly poured tens of thousands of dollars into a restoration effort, only to run short on money or otherwise decide to hold off, resulting in further weathering from storing it outside. This is, after all, a 45-year-old piece of set dressing that was never intended to survive production of the series. Recently the current owner put it up for sale and it is being auctioned off. This week, after much persistence, Don (pictured above) was able to get in to see the Galileo in person. I asked him here today to share his reactions with everyone involving this unique opportunity.
CB: Don, what was your reaction to finally being able to see in person and walk through the actual shuttle Galileo, the only item that could be called an actual full-sized ship from the original Star Trek TV series?
DH: Seeing the Galileo was a truly amazing thing. On one hand, this is THE prop that we’ve all seen for decades and the emotions of joy that wash over you – well you can imagine. Kirk and Spock actually hopped in and out of this piece! But even as that feeling overtakes you the reality sets in – this thing is in TERRIBLE condition. If you think it looks bad in the photos, that’s nothing compared to seeing it in person. So you’re simultaneously hit with profound amazement and profound sadness. It’s an odd experience.
CB: So how much is left of the original ship?
DH: Of the main structure, I’d say AT THE MOST, there’s 25% of the original material in place, and of that, very little is salvageable, in my opinion. The vast majority of the structure and surfaces have been replaced. But then THAT was left to go to hell. The owner kept saying how upset she was about all the bad online comments concerning the condition and how it wasn’t that bad. At one point she abruptly turned to me and asked “It’s not as bad as you thought it was going to be, is it?” To which I replied “Yes, I’m afraid it is. Maybe worse.” I didn’t want to be cruel, but this was a piece of crap. It never ceases to amaze me how people can delude themselves when they have something on the line.
CB: I see from photos some of the weathered iconic logo on the side of the ship and the Enterprise ship identifer NCC 1701 across the back. None of the paint or logos are original, correct?
DH: Not a bit, unfortunately. This has gone through at least two rounds of “restoration,” neither of which did much actual restoring in the long run. Apparently every time progress was made, it was left out in the weather. The lettering that you can see is from one of those rounds. From what I can tell there’s not a molecule of original paint on the piece. Or if there is, it’s so deteriorated that it can’t be identified. This was originally made from a combination of materials. From what I could tell, the skin is/was masonite with fiberglass used to blend the curved surfaces into each other. The top “quarter round” pieces were metal, again blended with the glass. Now it is mostly plywood and Bondo. Lots and lots of Bondo.
CB: Can you tell what parts were original and what was replaced in the last restoration?
DH: One of my goals (beyond acting like a Trekkie fanboy) was to specifically try to ascertain what was original and what was replaced. I tried asking the owner but got rather vague information. At one point she would say that an entire side was original. But when I pointed out the obvious use of the plywood that the “restorers” had used, she’d say, “well, except for that.” Of course “that” was a third of the side. But through a lot of study and comparison, I was finally able to break it down. Here’s what I know:
- Steel frame is original and in good condition
- Engines are mostly original and in good condition
- Rear landing strut is original and in good condition
- Interior wood frame has all been replaced
- Sheathing on port side is about half original/half replaced
- Sheathing on starboard side is all replacement
- Aft – impulse engine nook has been totally replaced; lower section is original
- Roof – totally replaced due to cave-in
- Front – mostly original and in bad shape
- Door – original
- Detail pieces –grills – original
- Bottom – no idea
The best thing about it are the engines – they are almost entirely intact. They have no domes, unfortunately, but the rest is original except for one rear cowling that the owner had fabricated by one of the guys that worked on the original. And I was amazed at how big that rear landing strut was in-person. Big and beefy. Unfortunately for me, the engines were stored in a garage and I was not able to get far enough away to take a good shot. But they were impressive.
CB: Someone will be forking over tens of thousands of dollars if they want to take on another (maybe the last) effort to finally restore this ship. What is your take on that?
DH: Let’s bottom line this: Is it worth restoring? Is there enough left that it could be considered a “restoration” at all? This is about opinion, since there’s no magic formula to determine which way to go. I say “yes, there is.” If it didn’t have the engines, I’d say forget it. After all, whatever outer sheathing that is still original is in such poor condition that it will have to be replaced. But I think there’s enough to justify restoring it and still being able to call it the “True Galileo.” Just barely, but it’s there.
That said, it will take a Herculean task to fix this puppy up. A year ago when I first heard about it resurfacing – practically in my own backyard – I fantasized about buying it and restoring it myself. I’m a very handy guy and I can learn how to do just about anything. But when I saw the poor girl in person, I knew it was good that I had put that dream aside. You’d need a significant facility to house it in and work on it – this is no “garage kit” after all. And you’d have to make it your extended hobby and be willing to spend hundreds of hours AND thousands of dollars (tens of thousands? I don’t know, frankly). I’m not up to it. And anyone thinking of bidding needs to know this going into it – it’s a BIG job!
CB: So what were your thoughts on being able to touch that actual ship from your favorite series as a kid (and still today)?
DH: Regardless of her condition, I got to spend a great afternoon looking into every nook and cranny of the old girl. A good friend and fellow Trek fan was with me (hey Mike!), and for a little while we were 7-year-olds stranded on a desolate planet (that bore a striking resemblance to a warehouse) with Spock and McCoy and the rest of the crew. Kid in the candy store moment, for sure, and one I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.So I want to help make sure she ends up in a good home – with someone who will restore her to her former glory and put her proudly on display for the world to see. I hope it comes to pass. She deserves it.
CB: About your own collection of original Star Trek costumes and props, what made you put it all together to share on the Internet?
DH: Well, I think you said it best when you referred to my site as “an online museum of sorts”. That’s exactly what I want it to be – a virtual museum where fellow fans can see these amazing pieces of Star Trek history that we all love so much.
As a collector, I collect for myself, period. I don’t buy things to impress others, just myself. That said, a collector likes nothing better than to show off their collection to fellow fans and see theirs in return. And since I can’t afford to build a facility and open my own museum (every collector’s dream, I think) I decided to go online. Since web design and photography are what I do on a daily basis, it was a natural progression. My friends had to endure countless iterations (sorry, Chris!) but I finally got something that I could be proud of and that reflected my collecting sensibilities. I tried to have fun and tell a story.
CB: Any future plans for WrathofDhan.com or new pieces you are looking to acquire for your collection?
DH: I already have so many amazing pieces – stuff that is frankly beyond anything I could have dreamed of a few years ago. But like any collector, I’m always on the hunt for new stuff, new information, and new insight into the Trek experience that has meant so much to me throughout my life. As a matter of fact, I have a number of pieces that I need to add to the site even now. In that way, I hope my site will never be finished. And I’d like to thank all the great friends I’ve made over the years that have helped me make my collection what it is. They’ve helped me in so many ways, beyond just the collection. I wish all of you could have joined me on the Galileo for the trip of a lifetime. As usual, Captain Kirk said it best:
“Course heading, Captain?”
“Second star on the right… and straight on ‘til morning.”
CB: Thanks for talking with us today, Don!
DH: My pleasure.
In real life Don runs New World Design (www.neworldesign.net) and NEOWORX Studio (www.neoworxstudio.com) where he creates design and illustration work for clients around the world. His work was recently featured in the Star Trek “Ships of the Line” calendar, a collection of new outer space imagery in the expanded Star Trek universe.
For anyone interested in bidding on the Galileo, you’ll have to act fast as the auction ends this week.
The ultimate in original borg technology could be yours. For the right price.
Auction house Profiles in History‘s Icons of Hollywood auction is December 15-16, 2011, and it offers another round of some of the best props and costumes Hollywood has to offer, from a set of Dorothy’s actual screen-used slippers from Wizard of Oz to Mork’s outfit from Mork & Mindy to Steve McQueen’s naval uniform from The Sand Pebbles to one of the cars used as the General Lee in Dukes of Hazzard to a DeLorean from Back to the Future III we discussed here this summer, to an original Dalek from Doctor Who. There’s something at the coming auction for everyone.
But for fans of cybernetics, cyborgs, and bionics, and other early borg technologies, and fans of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman, nothing is cooler than the special effects arm modeled off of Lindsay Wagner as the Bionic Woman. Next to one of the Bionic Man’s red jumpsuits (anyone have one for sale? let me know!) this is a great prop that gets to the heart of what the series was about.
It is a special effects arm made of latex, wires, springs, a circuit board and circuitry, used to show the implanting of an “evil programming chip” used as a key story element in the 1994 TV movie Bionic Ever After?, the show where Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers finally tie the knot. It includes clamps, syringes and tubing, that is reminscent of the popular toy repair center from the 1970s.
The prop was used in a scene where the bad guys perform surgery on a drugged Jaime, implanting a chip with a computer virus in it to make her bionics go haywire.
It is estimated to sell for at least $2,000-$3,000. It comes from the collection of movie makeup guru Jeff Goodwin, as discussed on this website, where you can see photos of other items he consigned to the coming Profiles in History auction.
More information on the auction can be found at the Profiles in History website.