Sunday, 7 November 2010

Bonhams costume sales - previous auctions

As well as the auctions I have been to over the past couple of years, I have done a little digging back and found some further Fourth Doctor items from four sales from 2005 to 2008.

Lot 611
'Dr. Who': The Master's 'tissue compression eliminator' (miniaturising gun), the prop in black-painted brass with electric wiring, as used by Anthony Ainley throughout the 1980s in his portrayal of The Doctor's nemesis, 23cm (9in) long.

Sold for £1,440

Lot 618
Dr. Who': Tom Baker's trademark oversized woollen scarf, multi-coloured stripes with several patches, fringed ends, approximately 20ft long.
Tom Baker was the fourth incarnation of The Doctor, portraying him between December 1974-March 1981.

Sold for £7,800

Lot 622
'Dr. Who': a Tardis roundel,
fibreglass, with traces of black and grey paint, indicating use in the Tardis of both The Doctor and The Master, believed to be the last surviving example from the original Tardis, 55cm (21½in) diameter

Estimate: £500 - 700

Lot 630
To be sold to benefit The Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity: The Dalek Supreme (aka The Tussaud’s Dalek), 1970's the painted wooden body applied with plastic hemispheres and mounted with exterminator gun and suction arm at the front, the swivelling dome section with flashing lights and articulated eye stalk 160cm(63in) high

BBC Television (Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum, 1980–1981); Christies, 3rd July 1986, BBC Woman's Hour Red Cross Appeal for Sudan;

A UK private collection

The dreaded Daleks are perhaps the most popular of all on-screen villains ever created by the entertainment industry. The Tussaud’s Dalek offered for sale today has developed a complex provenance of its own.

In 1979, four Daleks were required for the BBC Dr. Who story, Destiny of the Daleks‚ starring Tom Baker. The BBC production unit had no budget to build new props so had to make use instead of three old 1960s Daleks along with four so-called Goon Dalek props made for the filming of Planet of the Daleks‚ in 1973.

One original Dalek was butchered to provide moulds for vacuum-forming more Dalek parts. Two of the four Goon props were in such bad condition they were scrapped, and the base section of one of the others was badly damaged. Consequently, the BBC unit found itself with two 1960s Dalek props, one Goon‚ and only the top half of another in useable condition.

The BBC had previously made an exhibition Dalek which was now used to make up the shortfall. The good top half of the Planet of the Daleks Goon‚ was then grafted on to the exhibition Dalek skirt and so this Dalek was born! An interesting point is that this evil entity was blown up‚ in Destiny of the Daleks, by a pyrotechnic fire flash, the scorch marks still remaining visible under the prop’s interior seat. It was subsequently repaired for future use.

After Destiny of the Daleks ‚ this prop passed to Madame Tussaud’s Waxwork Museum to accompany the figure of Dr. Who actor, Tom Baker. It was displayed there from 1980 until summer 1981, painted in its unique blue, silver and black livery in which it featured on the front cover of the Radio Times in 1983 for the 20th Dr. Who Anniversary.

No other Dalek was painted in these colours. The specific shade - traced recently - is Porsche Riviera Blue and surprisingly can apparently only be mixed to order. Meanwhile this prop’s period on display earned it the name by which it has subsequently become known – “The Tussaud’s Dalek”.

In February 1984, it was re-painted black with white hemispheres to feature in Resurrection of the Daleks as the Dalek Supreme. It was then featured in promotion for this story‚ having been again painted in the standard dark grey of normal Daleks in which form it had also appeared briefly during the fight sequences in the last episode.

In March 1985 it made its final TV appearance, in Revelation of the Daleks.

The Tussaud’s Dalek was sold in 1986 as part of a BBC charity auction, for the Red Cross Sudan Appeal, to a private UK Collection where it has remained since. Unfortunately it had been very badly refurbished for the Sale, losing many original features and was painted an incorrect pale grey.

In 2004, following extensive research, it was painstakingly restored to its correct Tussaud’s display form, with the addition of a voice-box.

Distinguishing marks today:
1. The Tussaud’s Dalek skirt is block-board and ply, unlike the other Daleks which wore fibreglass skirts.
2. The skirt has a similar angle at the back and front
3. The skirt has an extra lip around the bottom of the skirt section
4. The hemispheres are 4.5-inches in diameter. All other Daleks featured 4-inch diameter hemispheres.
5. The misalignment of the hemispheres is unique and makes this Dalek easy to track from one story to another.
6. The shoulder section had four bolts around the oval until it was refurbished in 1986 - the lower right bolt was larger than the other three.
7. The Tussaud’s Dalek has three rows of bolt heads between the hemispheres on the skirt. These were actually filled prior to the refurbishment and have been subsequently reinstated.

Thus the Tussaud’s Dalek is an entirely unique example of the breed, and seeks a good home, without threat of extermination.

Sold for £36,000

Lot 251
'Dr. Who': a Tardis roundel,
fibreglass, with traces of black and grey paint, indicating use in the Tardis of both The Doctor and The Master, believed to be the last surviving example from the original Tardis, 55cm (21½in) diameter

Sold for £300

Lot 262
Dr. Who 1975
Camera Script "The Sontaran Experiment"
One of the early Tom Baker episodes, a Camera script for rehearsal, lighting and camera angles by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, originally called "The Destructors" this script covers both episodes 1 and 2.

Estimate: £200 - 250

Lot 11
Tom Baker as Dr. Who, 1974-1981
A complete outfit, comprising:
a burgundy coloured frock coat of wool, with black velvet collar, large self covered buttons, coat having burgundy satin lining, together with a pair of brown tweed trousers having brown plastic buttons, together with corresponding elasticated brown stripe braces, trousers stamped inside "FILM-FUNDUS WALKENHORE" a pair of black boucle trousers, labelled inside "Eaves-Brooks Costume Co, 21-07, 41st Ave, Long Island City" inscribed "Paul Smith", a pair of grey wool jodhpurs with ribbon ties to hem, a cream and black striped tweed waistcoat, with satin back, three felt hats and stripe wool scarf, of large knit in a variety of colours with fringed ends
This costume, although worn by Tom Baker, was used for exhibition and promotional purposes and did not feature on the television series. Tom Baker refers to this particular costume and the selection of items for it with June Hudson in his autobiography "Who on Earth is Tom Baker".
Tom Baker, the fourth incarnation as The Doctor exploded on to our television screens in 1974 taking over from Jon Pertwee in a mass of teeth and curls. Following on from the headmaster, the Cosmic Hobo and the Dandy, Baker became the comic hitchhiker, with his long overcoat Victorian Jackets and overlong woolly scarf.
Costume by James Acheson

Sold for £24,600

Lot 12
Tom Baker as Doctor Who, 1974 to 1981,
A Victorian style double-breasted frock coat,
of burgundy coloured cut velvet, with matching buttons, having darned patches applied, giving the impression of age, lined with brown coloured silk effect fabric, with large interior pockets, labelled inside "Morris Angel & Son Ltd, 117-119 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2" inscribed in an unknown hand in black marker pen "TOM BAKER, 41"

The design of the coat is in the eccentric Victorian style associated with Tom Baker as Doctor Who. The detail to the coat, with its appearance of great age reflects this idea. This particular coat features in many of the Doctor Who episodes.
Costume Designer, June Hudson

Sold for £8,400

Lot 13
Weng Chainag from the Dr. Who episode "Talons of Weng Chainag", 1976-1977
A black robe with frayed detailing, labelled inside "Bermans & Nathans, 40 Camden St., London, NW1" and inscribed "DR WHO MANGUS GREEL AKA WHENG CHAINANG"

Dr. Who Season 14 1976-77 "The Talons of Weng Chiang"
Michael Spice played Weng Chiang
Costume Designer, John Bloomfield

Sold for £1,320

Lot 263
Television - Dr. Who
Dr. Who: an original Cyberman glove,
1960s, a brown leather glove labelled Morley spray-painted silver, with stud fastener

This was used in both the Patrick Troughton-period story, 'The Invasion', 1968 and in the 1974 production of 'Revenge Of The Cybermen', with Tom Baker as the Doctor. It was originally sold at a Bonhams auction in the early 1990s as part of a lot desribed as '...items from Doctor Who 'An Unearthly Child' to 'Trial Of A Time Lord'...'

Offered for sale from the archive,

Estimate: £600 - 800

Lot 266
Television - Dr. Who
Dr. Who: the Doctor's Stellar Signal Receiver,
black and silver rectangular instrument, with amber light and single switch, screw-turned numeric indicator, extendable aerial, 16.5cm (6½in) long

This appears in the 'Pyramids Of Mars', 1975, when the Doctor, played by Tom Baker, uses it to decipher the message 'Beware Sutekh'.

It was scratch-built by BBC visual effects designer, Ian Scoones, who kept it after filming and then used it later for the 'Blake's 7' first-season story of 'Project Avalon'.
Offered for sale from the archive,

Estimate: £1,000 - 1,500

Lot 269
Television - Dr. Who
Dr Who: the robe worn by Weng Chiang (aka Magnus Creel) in 'The Talons Of Weng Chiang' 1977,
black, with distressed Oriental-syle fabric panels and metal thread, Bermans & Nathans label inscribed (sic) Dr Who Mangus Greel Aka Wheng Chaiang
Ex lot 13, The Angels Star Collection Of Film & TV Costumes, Bonhams London, 6th March 2007.
Recent research has indicated that this was also used by Chris Greener in his role as the Giant in the 1980 film production of 'The Elephant Man', starring John Hurt. Later the robe was given a distressed look for use in a production believed to have been the TV series 'Robin Of Sherwood', 1984-86.
Offered for sale from the archive,

Sold for £2,040


  1. wow. not even screen worn and that cossie sold for over 20k - crazy. And unsold roundel?! I'd have had that!!

  2. Too late! It was put in the 24th May auction the following year, and sold for £300, basically half its estimate the previous year!

  3. I remember seeing the listing of the costumes and generally being disappointed they were all promotional costumes for the most part. The Season 14 velvet frock and Scarf were very nice to see though! I'm shocked that Promotional Tom Baker costume sold for more than the original screen worn coat and scarf though!!!!