Created by Academy Award-winning costume designer Anthony Powell, the piece features five alternative designs for the costume of Mola Ram, the Thuggee high priest and leader of the death cult of Kali. The design at the bottom left most closely resembles the costume ultimately created for the character: black and red draped fabric with one bare shoulder. All the costumes share a limited palette of red, black and cream colours - the same as the Thuggee guards. Powell devised this colour scheme to exemplify these characters' allegiance to Kali and their dedication to the cult. The artwork displays slight signs of age in the faint yellowing of the paper. Dimensions: 41 cm x 32 cm (16 1/4" x 12 3/4")
£2,000 - 3,000 M
This lot comes from the personal collection of celebrated film producer Robert Watts. Watts’ career began in the 1960s with location manager, production manager and assistant director credits on movies including Thunderball, Repulsion, Darling, Papillon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars: A New Hope and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Robert went on to become producer of such classics as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It’s fair to say his CV includes some of the most popular movies of all time.
Robert and his family are parting ways with these important artefacts so that they may find new custodians to cherish and appreciate them for years to come.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.