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