Sunday 7 February 2016

Bonhams FLASHBACK: -
31st March 1994 Entertainment Sale

I’m getting quite into tracking down past Bonhams Entertainment auctions where Doctor Who items were sold.

It started with the 1991 Doctor Who auction, where dozens of costumes and props were up for grabs. I’ve since traced later sales where many times from the 1991 auction were resold, and some of these still pop up today from time to time.

A couple of weeks ago I found a Bonhams catalogue from 1994, containing 22 lots of Who-related items on sale.

Frustratingly due to the cost of producing print publications in the days, there are no photographs to illustrate the items on offer (every image would have had to be taken on film and processed, compared to the instant and cheap nature of digital photography today).

These sales also pre-date the internet, so finding the realised prices is near impossible.

Less care seems to have been taken in preparing the text in the catalogue.

There are a number of spelling errors and possible mis-titling of episodes, but since some of these are for pre-production scripts (and therefore possibly correct at the time) I have replicated the text here exactly as it appeared in the 1994 catalogue.

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 Fourth Doctor era

Please note there are a number of spelling and title errors in the catalogue, which I have repeated here for accuracy as some may refer to early drafts of scripts

Lot 348 DR. WHO The Leisure Hive 1980 (Tom Baker)
A pair of yellow shoes and gloves belonging to the Argolin. (4)
Estimate £40 - 60

Lot 358 DR. WHO
A TARDIS Sign and casing of metal, wood and fibreglass used during the John Nathan Tumer era of Dr. Who (1978-1989), together with the back cloth belonging to the TARDIS door.
Estimate £400 - 600
Note: The vendor informs me he acquired this lot at a Dr. Who auction in Saxmundham.

Lot 359 DR. WHO
Various floor plans and designs for 'The Pirate Planet'. 'Timescoop'. and 'Morbius', series 1976-78. Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 360 DR. WHO
Various lighting plans, model shots and studio plans for 'City of Death', 'Nightmare of Evil', 'Shada', and others series 1979-80.
Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 361 DR. WHO
A small quantity of recording orders, floor plans, studio set scripts, duty sheets and design sheets for various episodes of 'The Leisure Hive', 'The Wasting', 'Warrior's Gate' and 'The Keeper of Traken'.
Estimate £30 - 50

Lot 366 DR. WHO
A script for Episode 3 'The Gamble with Time’ by David Agnew, belonging to Count Scarliani (Julian Glover), with pencil annotations.
Estimate £30 - 50
Note: This episode was transmitted as 'City of Death'.

Sale of selected costumes from the wardrobe, on 11th May 1991. 41 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a list of prices realised. (2)
Estimate £10 - 20

An extensive collection of Dr Who and related science fiction memorabilia, including jigsaw puzzles, badges, Cassette tapes, models, newsletters, annuals, toys, posters, magazines, approximately thirty paperback books, a mug, a china moneybox and three albums comprising of numerous official BBC colour photographs. (a lot)
Estimate £200 - 300 

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