Excalibur

Lot # 129 - Live Auction 2017 - Merlin's (Nicol Williamson) Robe and Helmet

Stock #72337

Merlin's (Nicol Williamson) robe and helmet from John Boorman's medieval adventure film Excalibur. The magician wore his cloak and helmet throughout the film as he guided Arthur Pendragon (Nigel Terry) in his struggle against the forces of evil. The unique pattern of the cloak screen matches to the scene in which Morgana (Helen Mirren) attempts to imprison Merlin.

The helmet was made by noted British armourer Terry English, responsible for creating Batman and Robin's Mr. Freeze costume and the armour for the Aliens Marines, as well as the more traditional armour in King Arthur (2004). Hand beaten from aluminium, the skullcap-style helmet is a snug fit, having been custom-made for the actor. It is polished to a smooth shine and adorned with a gold-coloured emblem attached to the forehead. The inside is painted black, and English's signature 'T' stamp can be found below the left ear. It is stored in the custom-made box used to transport it to and from set.

The floor-length robe is heavy, with long flowing bell sleeves, drawstring and elastic ties at the neck, and a stiff upright collar. The garment is a multi-coloured patchwork of different cloths and materials, including leather, velour, faux fur and wool. The garment is lined with mottled green and black fabric, and remains in very good condition, with some gaps appearing in the seams and dirt around the bottom edge.

£20,000 - 30,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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