Thursday 2 June 2016

Bonham auction - 29th June 2016

After Bamfords nipped in earlier this month an stole Bonhams thunder, it’s now time for the summer Film and Entertainment auction at Bonhams in Knightsbridge.

There is a mix of new items; some items previously sold; and some items from previous sales that went unsold, now listed with lower estimates.

For the Ninth Doctor it is all new stuff which I haven’t seen at auction before.

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 Ninth Doctor era
Lot 79
Doctor Who: A drone Dalek ("No. 4") constructed for use in the BBCtv Doctor Who Episodes 'Bad Wolf' and 'The Parting of the Ways',

the revived first series, 2005, of fibreglass, metal and wood construction in three principal sections, comprising (1) integrated base, skirt and shoulder section, (2) neck 'bin' with embrasure frame and (3) dome section, painted bronze overall with details in black and gold, including: 100mm (approx.) trolley wheels attached to the metal frame which underpins the skirt, gold hemispheres (with black trim) on bronze skirt (which includes also the original foam-padded internal wooden bench seat for the operator), gold slats on the bronze shoulder section, a relatively rare three-tier metal manipulator arm (maximum extension 1320mm) with rubber 'sucker' cap, a highly polished metal gun-stick and rods, neck bin of plastic matting painted back with bronze fibreglass embrasure, the original bronze fibreglass dome featuring unique identification code (painted in white beneath the eye), metal and plastic eyestalk with translucent white plastic rings and illuminating black eyeball, and transparent dome light fittings with bulbs and polished metal frames - height approximately 63 inches (160cm)

During these episodes, the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) were kidnapped to the "Games Station" on Satellite 5, and forced to participate in an apparently lethal TV game shows. The satellite and the games themselves proved to be an elaborate cover for the machinations of the mad Dalek Emperor, which had survived the Last Great Time War and was 'harvesting' humans for conversion into new Daleks in order to rebuild its race. Surrounded by The Emperor's Dalek minions and faced with utter defeat, the Doctor was rescued unexpectedly by Rose, but in circumstances which led inexorably to his regeneration into his eleventh incarnation (David Tennant).

The Dalek was won by the current owner in the "Win a Dalek" competition* in the edition of Radio Times covering the period 17-30th December, 2005. The Dalek then remained on loan to the BBC for further usage.

It was a condition of the competition disposal of this screen-used item that it must be used for personal home display only; any and all commercial use was prohibited expressly and it is a condition of this sale that those same terms apply.
Estimate £10,000 - 15,000

Sold for £18,250

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Bonhams FLASHBACK: 24th May 2006
Rock and Roll and Film Memorabilia

It was EXACTLY ten years ago today - during David Tennant‘s first season as The Doctor - there was a sale of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams.

Some 59 Doctor Who lots were on offer (though these inflated by the sale of some 25 artworks from a 1985 book Doctor Who Illustrated A-Z, nearly all of which went unsold.
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 Ninth Doctor era

Lot 258
TARDIS Prototype cabinet
Free standing cabinet with opening doors on two sides and opening top, unknown origin, a quarter size replica of a police box Tardis.
Estimate: £200 - 250
Lot 281
One of only 60 made to hold Dr. Who DVD's. A limited edition made by Codsteaks manufacturers of Hardman props for the Wallace and Grommit films.
Estimate: £500 - 600

Lot 302
The Empty Child
Latex gas mask prop from the Christopher Eccleston episode The Empty Child. "Are you my Mummy?"
Estimate: £1,000 - 1,200

Friday 4 September 2015

Prop Store London auction -
23rd September 2015

So, after a number of lack-lustre auctions, it finally looks like Bonhams has a genuine challenger to their Entertainment Memorabilia sales. have been selling high-end props and costumes for sometime now, including the occasional Doctor Who piece.

But this month they are holding a live auction at the BFI IMAX cinema in Waterloo - for all intents and purposes a Bonhams style auction.

there‘s some amazing stuff on offer, from Mr Spock’s costume from classic Star Trek, to costumes from Back To The Future, the Alien and Star Wars films.

And unlike the last couple of years of Bonhams auctions, there are is a good spread of quality items on offer to attract the interest of the dedicated Doctor Who fans out there.

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 Ninth Doctor

Lot 99
"Rose" Male Auton Costume
A male Auton costume from the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who. An Auton wore this costume as it restrained the Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) in the series one episode “Rose.” The costume consists of a black two-piece suit, purple shirt, purple silk patterned tie, black leather shoes and a mask and gloves. The mask and gloves are made of white painted latex. A zip runs down the back of the head with wire mesh in the eye sockets. A label at the base of the mask reads “Maurice” and a label in the glove reads “Alien 3a.” The shoes have a hole in the sole for display purposes. Distressed for use in the production, the costume remains in very good condition. Dimensions: Jacket marked 44R; trousers marked 46R; shirt marked 49; shoes marked U.K. Size 12.

Estimate £1,500-2,500

Lot 100
"Rose" Bride Auton Costume
A bride Auton costume from the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who. An Auton bride wore this costume as it terrorised Rose Tyler’s (Billie Piper) mother Jackie (Camille Coduri) in the series one episode “Rose.”

The costume consists of a wedding dress with net train and faux pearl detailing around the bodice, a tiara with veil and faux pearl detailing and blonde wig, a mask, a glove and special effects mannequin hand. The mask and glove are made of white painted latex. A split runs down the back of the head with small eye holes added. The mannequin hand with split gun barrel detailing is made from fibreglass with a metal rod running through the centre. A handwritten label in the glove reads “Hellen 3a.” Displaying some chips to the paint on the mask, the costume remains in good overall condition. Dimensions: measures 38 cm (15”) across the chest

Estimate £1,500-2,500
Sold for £1,500

You can see my photos from when I
visited the auction preview here

Monday 26 August 2013

Original 9th Doctor items on eBay

It’s not often you see anything 9th Doctor related costume-wise on eBay, but this item stood out a mile!

Doctor Who Ninth Doctor Costume Design
signed by Lucinda Wright

A signed autograph from Lucinda Wright - Doctor Who costume designer for the 2005 Series.
Also included is the following:

• A signed copy of the original design swatch for Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor costume.

•A signed copy of the original design drawing for Billie Piper's outfit for Rose Tyler.

To complete the package is an extensive handwritten letter describing in detail the process of working with Chris and Billie on their costumes, plus the journey of getting the costumes designed and ready for the first 3 episodes of the 2005 series (Rose, The End of the World and The Unquiet Dead).

Friday 18 November 2011

Bonhams auction - 15th December 2011

Doesn’t time fly!
It doesn’t seem that long since the last Bonhams auction, and the next in December is soon upon us.

The online catalogue has been posted and there 23 Doctor Who items, most of which are from the Tennant era.

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 Ninth Doctors
Lot 155
Doctor Who - The Empty Child, 2005
Richard Wilson as Doctor Constantine: A complete costume, comprising; a white cotton lab coat, with grey/ white coloured buttons to front, a brown tweed three-piece suit, labelled inside Richard Hope, Oct 2001, a pair of oxblood coloured leather brogues, a cream coloured cotton shirt, together with a tie (not visible on screen) (8)

Estimate: £400 − 500
Sold for £813

Lot 156
Doctor Who - End of the World, 2005
An Adherent of the Repeated Meme costume, comprising: a cloak, full length tunic and over hood, all of woven cotton mix fabric, the tunic inscribed inside A2, the hood labelled inside ‘Atelier Caraco-Canezou, Paris’ (3)

Estimate: £250 − 300
Sold for £750
The Adherents of the Repeated Meme are used by Cassandra O’Brien during the episode.

Monday 31 May 2010

Bonhams auction - 23rd June 2010

When I was at the last Bonhams auction, one of the auctioneers made mention of a further sale in June, where Doctor Who items would be available.

I think I was expecting another full-on sale of ex-BBC items, but what it appears to be is a general Memorabilia sale, with a hand full of Who related lots.

There are seventeen items in total, and you need to real carefully what they are. The repeated use of the phrase “built for exhibition purposes” is a bit disappointing.

I’ll go to the viewing, but I can’t see myself bidding on anything.

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 Ninth Doctor era
Lot No: 142
A complete Tardis prop, circa 2005
of painted rasped wood panel and glass construction, the base having painted parquet effect floor, panels fastening using bracket and bolt, having a pair of hinged doors, on with Yale® lock, with windows to doors and signage to front, top section of Tardis with removable 'Police Box' signs, interior of Tardis roof with a number of miniature lights, and further interior lighting, the roof with removable lamp to top, height approximately 10ft

Estimate: £8,000 - 12,000
Sold for £10,800

This lot was purchased directly from the BBC after completion of filming on this series.

Tuesday 2 February 2010

Bonhams costume sale - 24th February 2010

In a few of weeks time there is another costume sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, this time selling off a vast number of items which have featured in the various exhibitions that have been held around the country.

Since I covered the previous auctions at Bonhams on the 16th June 2009 and 16th December 2009, I felt I should do the same for this, but because there are SO many items on offer, I have split them up by Doctor.