Important space and sci-fi film and fiction memorabilia continued to be sold at auction on July 18, with space suits used in the 2001 Space Odyssey (2001: A Space Odyssey) selling for $370,000 and Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 control lever selling for $370,000,media New Atlas reported. Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 NASA control lever sold for $256,000.
When the auction was announced last month, New Atlas predicted that the iconic space suit would break the record, with a staggering $370,000 in the final bid, far exceeding the original estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 and making it the highest-selling space suit ever sold.
The latest auction of space suits and helmets is believed to be worn by the film’s star, Keir Dullea, who plays mission pilot and scientist Dr. David Bowman, in a number of memorable scenes, including a confrontation with HAL.
The most valuable space suit from the previous sci-fi film was the 1979 sci-fi film Alien, which sold for $204,800 at profile auction in June 2018.
The most expensive genuine space suit sold for $162,500 at Sotheby’s in 2018, a Gemini G-2C-4 all-altitude pressure suit.
“2001 Space Odyssey” earned four Academy Awards and a visual effects award for its groundbreaking cinematic techniques and accurate depictions of space flight. The film is widely regarded as one of the most influential and culturally significant of all time.
Several historic items used in the Apollo 11 mission were the highlight slot at the July 18 auction, including two NASA’s Apollo 11 pilot control rods, one used by Neil Armstrong for $370,000 (originalestimates of $100,000-$200,000), and the other, which was used by Buzz Aldrin for $256,000.
On the last mission to the moon, a complete set of original toolboxes for Apollo 17 sold for $102,400, well above its estimate ($20,000-$30,000).
An Apollo-era spacesuit for Armstrong sold for $76,800 (estimate: $10,000-$20,000).
Other highlights from the Julien auction include K.I.T.T., one of Hollywood’s most popular 1980s pop culture artworks. (Knight Industries Two Thousand), Pontiac Firebird Trans Am used in the 1982 tv series “The Ranger.) As one of the public’s first contacts with machines using artificial intelligence, K.I.T.T. is itself one of the “stars” of the series.
Like many action hero cars in the history of film and television, there is more than one, or more than one, when shooting. During the four seasons of the “Ranger” TV series, 19 cars were used and 14 were destroyed during filming. That’s a pretty high loss rate, but it’s a tiny fraction of the number of cars destroyed when it was made, because each episode of the show guarantees some spectacular “crash” shots.
In six series, the play used an estimated 309 orange 1969 Dodge Chargers (for supply reasons, the 1968 model also featured a 1969 grille and taillight, with the removal of a circular side-tag, with the Confederate flag on the roof, 17 of which are believed to still be in a different state of damage.
The K.I.T.T. replica, which was produced by Universal Studios and promoted the TV series’ touring and debuting, did not even appear on cinemas and television screens. K.I.T.T. Firebird Trans Am, signed by Hasselhoff, sold for $192,000.
However, another highlight of the auction was the Superman Cape, which sold for $110,000 (estimate: $20,000 to $40,000). The cape was worn by Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” (Warner Bros., 1978) series , “Superman,” “Superman II” and most likely “Superman III” — and was used to film superhero flights.
Movie memorabilia for important films will never go out of fashion, and now it seems to appreciate much faster than most investments.