Welcome to this week’s preview to our Prop Store Live Auction on 27th September 2016. This week’s ‘theme’ is a decade that holds fond cinematic memories for so many of us – the 80s…
Welcome to today’s Prop Store Blog, giving you a sneak preview of what’s in store in the upcoming Prop Store Live Auction! From the cuddly to the not so cuddly, check out the monster-mash of amazing movie creatures that could be yours on the 27th September, in our Creature Feature collection…
Special Effects Facehugger, AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (2004)
The Facehugger was created by the artists at Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated for the scenes in AVP: Alien Vs. Predator in which they latched onto the faces of their sedated human hosts. The latex body has metal armatures running through the legs, capped with plastic claws. The Facehugger is presented on a custom-made head display, and has special built in air sacs to allow an off-screen operator to create a breathing effect.
Auction Estimates: £3,000 – £5,000
Stunt Lycan Mask, UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS (2009)
The highly popular Underworld series has spawned four films since 2003, and, with a fifth film due in 2017, its popularity is set to remain very high. This stunt mask is from the third prequel film, in which Lycans are seen throughout the film fighting for freedom from their Vampire masters. The hand-punched hair and jaws open to show scary urethane teeth, making this a great werewolf display piece for any creature collecting fan.
Auction Estimates: £1,000 – £1,500
Melting Gremlin Cable-Controlled Puppet, GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)
This Melting Gremlin puppet from Gremlins 2: The New Batch was created by Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studio, specifically for the grand finale scene in which the gremlins begin to melt after being doused with water and then electrocuted. It has been constructed to look as if it is melting away, and includes numerous cables on the underside which were used during production to allow the puppet to ooze as it melted! The Gremlin is mounted on its original wooden production stand.
Auction Estimates: £4,000 – £6,000
Sammael (Brian Steele) Creature Costume, HELLBOY (2004)
Guillermo Del Toro’s supernatural fantasy Hellboy (loosely based on the comics by Mike Mignola) introduced us to Sammael (Brian Steele), the demonic hellhound with incredible regenerative abilities, earning him the title of “Hound of Resurrection”. The costume comprises of a multi-piece body suit which has the appearance of being covered in burned, charred skin with sections of exposed skull, and is certain to make an impact in any collection!
Auction Estimates: £10,000 – £12,000
Grid Alien (Tom Woodruff Jr.) Creature Costume, AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (2004)
Fans of AVP: Alien Vs. Predator will recall the instantly recognisable Grid Alien (named for the grid-like pattern on its head), as the lead Xenomorph who protected the Alien Queen. In addition to the instantly recognisable monstrous inner jaw, this costume comprises a black latex bodysuit with a domed skull and animatronics built into the creature’s lips, jaw and teeth. The Grid Alien is presented in all its terrifying glory on a custom mannequin, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the founders of its creator, ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated).
Auction Estimates: £20,000 – £30,000
Zorg’s (Gary Oldman) Animatronic Picasso Creature, THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997)
Gary Oldman’s baddie Zorg and Picasso was his colourful animatronic pet, were two of the most memorable characters in Luc Besson’s classic sci-fi The Fifth Element. Picasso is probably most remembered for the scene in which Zorg chokes on a cherry, and poor Picasso’s ‘reward’ for trying to save him is to end up being hit in the eye by said cherry! The creature is beautifully made, hand-painted and includes complex animatronics covering everything from the eyes and mouth right down to the tip of his trunk. The roots of the six lever cables (which would have been operated during filming by up to six individual puppeteers during production) are still visible beneath Picasso’s stomach.
Auction Estimates: £5,000 – £7,000
Gizmo Stand-In Puppet, GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH (1990)
This stand-in puppet from Gremlins 2: The New Batch was created by the legendary Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studio. Gizmo the Mogwai has a foam and faux fur body, in typical gremlin style, and his ears, nose, hands and feet have been painted to resemble Mogwai skin. There is a grip at the back of his head to allow puppeteers to turn or pose Gizmo’s head.
Auction Estimates: £4,000 – £6,000
Scar Predator (Ian Whyte) Creature Costume, AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (2004)
The Scar Predator’s costume, from Paul W. S. Anderson’s epic AVP: Alien Vs. Predator, is one of the most exciting lots in the forthcoming auction. ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated) created this imposing and elaborate costume that has hand-painted reptilian makings and includes many embellishments and accessories (including steel-finish armour, a faux-leather loincloth, a dagger, spear, shuriken and plasma cater weapon). The scowling face has holes for the performer’s eyes and Scar’s clan symbol seared into its forehead. This very special creature costume is presented on a custom-made mannequin display, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from ADI’s founders.
Auction Estimates: £40,000 – £60,000
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