Sunday, 31 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
August 24th Entertainment Sale

Last week I showed you the content of a Bonhams sale from January 1992. In it a large number of ex-BBC Costume Dept outfits from Doctor Who were sold off.

Since then I have found another catalogue from 1992, this time from August.

Interestingly a number of the extensive Doctor Who items sound very much like those sold back in January, though with much higher estimates this time around.

More recently I think we have seen some of these lots continuing to be sold on. It’s fascinating to trace the items back through the various auction catalogues, following the prices they sell for.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Third Doctor era

Lot 648 Dr. Who—The Auction, Catalogue from 11th May 1991, sale of selected costumes from the Wardrobe, 42 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a sheet of prices. (2)
Estimate £10-20

Lot 649 Dr. Who stage playscript, ‘The Ultimate Adventure’ by Terrance Dicks.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 655 Two linen bodices, With large padded sleeves and brown trousers to match, possibly to be worn under some form of body armour from a l960’s/
1970’s episode.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 660 ‘The Sea Devils’, 1972 (Jon Pertwee) A black cape, with red lining worn by Dr. Who (Jon Pertwee).
Estimate £500-800
Footnote: A still of Mr. Pertwee wearing this costume was featured on the cover of the 20th Anniversary edition of the Radio Times.




Lot 661 ‘Death of the Daleks’, 1974 (Jon Pertwee) A grey velvet jacket, with rust detailing, ‘Jon Pertwee 23.2.73’.
Estimate £800-1,200


Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
The BBC Costume Dept sale

Exactly 24 years ago TODAY there was an unusual auction at Bonhams to sell off a vast amount of ex-BBC costume department items.

Due to the volume of items on offer, the sale was held at the BBC Costume Warehouse, which at the time was on the Royal London Industrial Estate in North Acton.

Most of the sale was non-descript items, broken down into sections such as PERIOD COSTUMES - GREEK/ROMAN, MEDIAEVAL, TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN, STUART, GEORGIAN and REGENCY, VICTORIAN and EDWARDIAN etc.

It then moved on to SPORTSWEAR and MISCELLANEOUS before CHILDRENS and LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. There was even a section for FANCY DRESS and ARMOUR, CHAINMAIL ETC.

Then things got more interesting with NARNIA prior to the big draw the sale - the SCIENCE FICTION section.

This was broken down into DR WHO, BLAKE’S 7, THE FLIP SIDE OF DOMINICK HYDE, STAR COPS, and OTHER SCIENCE FICTION COSTUMES.

The sale closed with a section of late additions, which included an extra Doctor Who lot.

I recently picked up a copy of the sales catalogue on aBay - such as it is. Back in 1992 this consisted of a pocket folder with a stapled loose sheet listing of the items for sale. There are no photographs or illustrations, and the descriptions are scant to say the least.

I have transcribed all the Doctor Who items.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Third Doctor era
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue

Lot 281 Planet of the Daleks, 1972, Jon Pertwee as Dr Who.
2 Thal sacesuits, one with tubing, worn by Jane Howe and Bernard Horsfsll (2)
Sold for £200

Lot 282 Planet of the Daleks, 1972, Jon Pertwee as Dr Who.
Quilted beige Thal spacesuits worn by Tim Preece, Prentis Hancock and Alan Tucker (3)
Sold for £300

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Original 3rd Doctor items on eBay -
January 2016

I see some loose bits have dropped off the original Silurian costume again.

Doctor Who And The Silurians
framed costume fragment
This is an amazing opportunity

This is almost 50 years old - a piece of an original Silurian creature from the Jon Pertwee story that introduced them in 1970!

As with many costumes of the day, they have deteriorated. No Silurian survived from this story and this is a piece of the head of one of the Silurian remains - this is ultra rare!

I have seen small pieces of Silurian sell once before for £100 each - this piece has been sited in resin to prevent further deterioration and framed for display

It is supplied with a copy of the letter of authenticity from the prop experts who sold it and is s once in a lifetime auction!