Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bonhams auction - 13th December 2017

It’s that time of year when Bonhams hold their Winter Entertainment auction, and there are a number of quite nice items for sale - IF you have deep pockets!!!

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

 Lot 37
The Watcher full head mask
A screen-used prosthetic full head mask worn by 'The Watcher' for use in the BBCTV Doctor Who episode Logopolis, 1981.
A full prosthetic head mask identical to the one which was worn by Adrian Gibbs who played the character 'The Watcher', the nude coloured mask of synthetic material made up in layers creating a textured and unworldly overall appearance, with narrow slit eyes and mouth, and slits at the sides for the actors ears, accompanied by a letter of provenance.

FOOTNOTES
Provenance:
Gifted to the vendor by her aunt Dorka Nieradzik MBE - Make-up, Hair and Visual Effects Designer. Dorka was awarded the MBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. Dorka recalls; 'At the end of the episode 'Longopolis', the character of 'The Watcher' enters Tom Baker and causes him to regenerate into Peter Davidson. For this reason I designed the mask to have an embryonic form.'

A proportion of the proceeds will help fund a short puppetry film due for production by the vendor in 2018. The short film, which will be the vendor's second short puppetry film, will be called 'AppleHead and Cherry'. For further info please see: www.facebook.com/AppleHeadandCherry.
Estimate £1,500 - 2,500
Sold for £3,500

Lot 38
The Watcher face mask
A prosthetic face mask worn by 'The Watcher' for use in the BBCTV Doctor Who episode Longopolis, 1981.
A prosthetic face mask which was worn by Adrian Gibbs as 'The Watcher', the nude-coloured mask made up of layers of synthetic materials in a textured manner, with unfinished edges, bulging eyes with narrow slits, a flattened nose, and wide mouth, accompanied by a letter of provenance.

FOOTNOTES
Provenance:
Gifted to the vendor by her aunt Dorka Nieradzik MBE - Make-up, Hair and Visual Effects Designer. Dorka was awarded the MBE in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. Dorka recalls; 'This face mask was designed by myself to be laid onto Tom Baker's face during the regeneration montage, as a choice for the director to use to create the effect of his face shifting from an embryonic form into his new face as Peter Davidson.'

A proportion of the proceeds will help fund a short puppetry film due for production by the vendor in 2018. The short film, which will be the vendor's second short puppetry film, will be called 'AppleHead and Cherry'. For further info please see: www.facebook.com/AppleHeadandCherry.
SALEROOM NOTICES
Please note that this mask was made to be laid over Peter Davison's face, during the regeneration sequence and not worn by Adrian Gibbs as the description states.
Estimate £800 - 1,200
Sold for £812

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