Prop Store Live Auction 2016 Presents… Ray Harryhausen Part 2

Welcome to another exclusive preview from the Prop Store Live Auction 2016! During August and September, we will be posting Blog updates twice-weekly to whet your appetite with some of the amazing original memorabilia that will be coming up for sale in the auction…

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Today’s Live Auction preview showcases, again, the work of renowned special effects master, Ray Harryhausen. In particular, today’s focus is on three of his major works – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and The Valley of Gwangi and One Million Years Bc. Long before the digital cinema age, Ray Harryhausen set the gold standard for his own brand of cinematic magic with his innovative creation of a stop-motion model animation known as ‘Dynamation’. Known as one of cinema history’s greatest pioneers and innovators, he is credited with having inspired numerous filmmakers such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Jackson and Tim Burton. Harryhausen’s style is best known for blending the world of live action and model stop-motion, which completely changed the direction of special effects in the early 1950’s-60’s.

 

All of the Harryhausen items in the upcoming Prop Store Live Auction are very rare and may in fact be the only known production sketches in private hands, as nearly all of his work has been collated within the Ray Harryhausen Archive. These featured hand drawn pieces below, are an amazing insight into his design process, from rough sketches to tracing, to detailed sketch and then final key art. So, make sure you read on below to see what treasures will be going up for auction in Part 2 of our Harryhausen Feature

 


ONE MILLION YEARS BC (1966)


 

One Million Years BC is unquestionably one of Harryhausen’s most recognisable pieceS of work. Harryhausen’s style is often associated with dinosaurs, yet they featured in only five of his sixteen films. He was also often criticised by historians for the lack of realism in some of his dinosaur designs, but argued that he tried to find a compromise between scientific accuracy and the visuals he wanted to achieve cinematically. The sketches below, are just a few examples of some of his iconic dinosaur designs from One Million Years BC.

 

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Ray Harryhausen Concept Of Allosaurus, ONE MILLION YEARS BC (1966)

Auction Estimates: £400 – £600

 

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Ray Harryhausen Concept Of Ceratosaurus, ONE MILLION YEARS BC (1966)

Auction Estimates: £400 – £600

 


THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)


 

The Valley Of Gwangi was Harryhausen’s final dinosaur-themed movie, and came only three after the hugely popular One Million Years BC in 1966. Gwangi was a very personal project for Harryhausen as he inherited the film from his mentor Willis O’Brien (the title animator of the 1933 King Kong), who had story-boarded the film years before but unfotunately died before the project could be realised. Gwangi also held the record for Harryhausen’s greatest number of dynamation cuts (over 300), which took him almost a year to complete for the film. In the example below, you are able to clearly see the work flow for his creature creation process – from a simple tracing, to detailed sketch – defining the main characteristics of the Allosaurus.

 

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Ray Harryhausen Gwangi
Scale Comparison & Hand-Drawn Scale Concept Of Gwangi

THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)

Auction Estimates: £800 – £5,000

 

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Ray Harryhausen Hand-Drawn Poster Concept, THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969)

Auction Estimates: £3,000 – £4,000

 


THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973)


 

The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad is the second of three Sinbad films that Harryhausen made – the others being The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).  During production of The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, Harryhausen was also preparing another Sinbad project called King of the Geniis. However, due to the box-office failure of another Harryhausen project, The Valley Of Gwangi, the project was quickly shut down and the leftover ideas were later incorporated into what is now The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad. The Golden Voyage incorporated some of Harryhausen’s most complex and visually creatuve stop-motion work, in particular, the scenes with Kali.

 

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Ray Harryhausen Hand-Drawn Concept Of The Neanderthal Man and The Cyclopean Centaur

THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973)

Auction Estimates: £800 – £5,000

 

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Ray Harryhausen Hand-Drawn Concept Of Kali, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973)

Auction Estimates: £2,000 – £3,000

 

All of these amazingly detailed pieces of hand drawn Ray Harryhausen artwork will be available in the upcoming Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, so Register Now to make sure you are kept up to date will all the latest auction information and more! And don’t forget to check back at the Prop Store Blog every Monday and Friday leading up to the Live Auction to get more exclusive sneak peeks of what’s to come in one of Europe’s largest and most exciting film and TV memorabilia auctions.

 

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