Men In Black

Lot #485 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Full-Size Edgar Bug Animatronic Alien

Stock #127516

This lot will be sold on Wednesday August 27th (day 2 of the auction.) Lots 434-870 will be sold on day 2 (lots 1-433 will be sold on day 1). The auction will begin at 10:00AM PDT. Lots are sold sequentially so there is no preset ending time. A live streaming broadcast of the auction will be available on auction days.

A full-size Edgar Bug animatronic alien from the production of Barry Sonnenfeld's sci-fi comedy Men in Black. After crashing to Earth in search of a lost galaxy, Edgar spent most of the film cloaked in a human's (Vincent D'Onofrio) form, until he finally shed his "Edgar suit" to fight Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones). As originally scripted, the Edgar Bug spoke at length with the Agents before their confrontation, for which special makeup effects artist Rick Baker was charged with developing this full-size alien puppet. Production ultimately decided to forego the puppet in favor of an all-CG character that was more bug-like.

This massive, ornately detailed creation was fabricated at great effort and expense, and stationed on set in preparation for filming. It stands 12-feet-tall, with plastic pipe spines, mouth pincers, brown acrylic eyes, and a steel and fiberglass-fabricated body containing extensive mechanisms that operate the head and arms. The puppet's skin is made from a range of materials, including latex, foam latex, and rigid urethane, and is hand-painted by Baker's team.

The skin is cut under the base of the tail and up the back to allow access to the electronic wiring that animates the puppet's mouth and body. Metal armature poles are also exposed on the back of the feet for puppeteering.

Mounted with a metal support structure to a wooden base, this animatronic creature was on display for many years in the Cinovation Studios display room. As a result of exposure and handling, the foam latex exhibits some stiffening, and the paint is lightly discolored throughout, but the puppet remains in good overall condition.

Dimensions: 120" x 60" x 120" (305 cm x 152 cm x 305 cm)

Contains electronics; see electronics notice in the Buyer's Guide

Contains mechanical components; see notice in the Buyer's Guide

Special shipping required; see notice in the Buyer's Guide

Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000

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

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