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 Fifth 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 653 A complete replica of a Cyberman costume, includes head, breastplate, gloves, suit and feet.
Estimate £500-800

Lot 665 ‘Earthshock’, 1981 (Peter Davison) A reproduction Cyberman, in excellent condition with boots and gloves, head and breastplate.
Estimate £800-1,200

Lot 666 ‘Earthshock’, 1981 (Peter Davison) A Cyberman gun.
Estimate £200-300

Lot 667 ‘Earthshock’, 1981 (Peter Davison) A Trooper helmet.
Estimate £150-250

Lot 668 ‘Earthshock’, 1981 (Peter Davison) Two Trooper face-plates, in black with yellow eyeslits.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 669 ‘Terminus’, 1983 (Peter Davison) Olvir’s bubble helmet.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 670 ‘Terminus’, 1983 (Peter Davison) A Vanir helmet.
Estimate £300-500

Lot 671 ‘Arc of Infinity’, 1983 (Peter Davison) A beige cotton top and culottes, Worn by Tegan (Janet Fielding), the culottes are marked with her name.
Estimate £100-200

Lot 672 ‘Arc of Infinity’, 1983 (Peter Davison) A beige cotton top, Worn by Tegan (Janet Fielding), marked With her name.
Estimate £80-120

Lot 673 ‘Frontios’, 1984 (Peter Davison) Five colonists’ waterbottles, a collection of eyeshields and belts plus one mask.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 674 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) Two Dalek guard breastplates, Worn by Stein (Rodney Bewes) and Kiston (Leslie Grantham).
Estimate £40-60

Lot 675 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) Two Dalek guard breastplates, Worn by Lytton (Maurice Colbourne) and Styles (Rula Lenska).
Estimate £40-60

Lot 676 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) A Dalek guard jumpsuit.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 677 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) A Dalek guard jumpsuit.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 678 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) A Dalek guard jumpsuit.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 679 ‘Resurrection of the Daleks’, 1984 (Peter Davison) Running order sheets.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 680 ‘Caves of Androzani’, 1984 (Peter Davison) A Federal Force Trooper uniform, in silver material With red detailing, Worn by Harry Payne.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 681 A similar lot, worn by David Cole.
Estimate £30-50

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 Fifth Doctor era
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue



Lot 289 Kinda, 1982, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Long black dress with slits worn by Mary Morris as Panna (1)
Sold for £60

Lot 290 Black Orchid, 1982.
Dress belonging to Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) plus a copy for her double (2)
Sold for £90

Lot 291 Enlightenment, 1983, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Spacesuit backpack with matching helmet (2)
Sold for £90

Lot 292 A similar lot (2)
Sold for £320

Lot 293 A similar lot (2)
Unsold

Lot 294 A similar lot (2)
Sold for £160

Lot 295 A similar lot
Sold for £170

Lot 296 Spacesuit backpacks without helmets (3)
Sold for £50

Lot 297 Terminus, 1983, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Vanir helmets (2)
Sold for £600

Lot 298 Caves of Androzani, 1984, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Silver material suits with black detailing and coloured shoulders worn by Robert Glenister as Salateen, Van Staples, Harry Payne, Allen Talburt and Pat Gorman (7)
Sold for £200

Lot 299 Warriors of the Deep, 1984, Peter Davison as Dr Who.
Undergarments worn by Crewmember T Steedman of Sea Base 4 Marine (1)
Sold for £30

Lot 300 Terminus, 1984, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Olvirs bubble helmet, cloak and body armour, plus assorted pieces (a lot)
Sold for £200

Lot 301 Planet of Fire, 1984, Peter Davison as Dr Who. 
Elders headdress and bracelets (3)
Sold for £65