Friday 22 March 2013

Is Peter Jackson a mystery auction buyer?

A news story doing the rounds this week, emanating from the Entertainment Weekly website, concerns Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson.

It’s been long known that Peter is a Doctor Who fan - especially of the Sylvester McCoy era.

In August 2011 I reported the news that Peter Jackson showed off his original Doctor Who costumes to Sylvester himself when he was auditioning for his role in The Hobbit.

The current story centres on a quote from Peter where he expresses his desire to direct a future episode of Doctor Who, stating he’d do it and only ask for a Dalek in exchange for his fee!

But the part of the article that caught my attention more than anything was the photo of Peter surrounded by part of his collection of Who props.

Firstly he is wear a (not so good) Tom Baker scarf. “So?” you might ask - but if you look carefully you’ll see it is part of a lot that sold at Bonhams in 2007.

The sale was of particular note as and ORIGINAL Tom Baker velvet frock coat sold for £8,400 - but a poorly matched ensemble costume sold for a staggering £24,600!

The scarf he is wearing is part of that costume.

It would now appear the buyer was none other than Peter Jackson!

Furthermore the Cyberman lurking at the back looks to be one of those sold at the 2010 Bonhams Doctor Who Auction.

It might appear that this A-list director has been a secret auction stalker for quite some time...

Saturday 9 March 2013

Original 7th Doctor item on eBay -
March 2013

We’re a couple of months into 2013 and some original Seventh Doctor items have started to appear on eBay. Here’s what I’ve found.

Silver Nemesis
Cyberman helmet - rear section

Here we have an extremely rare opportunity to aquire and original screen used Silver Nemesis Cyberman helmet rear section.

Original Cyberman items are amongst the rarest of Doctor Who props and Silver Nemesis pieces even more so. For the 25th anniversery story the Cyberman were revamped and had chrome plated helmets and chest panels, almost as soon as they started filming these started to react to the sun light and turn gold this can be made out in the on set image. After filming the costumes went back to the BBC to be used in various exhibitions at which point they were spray painted silver so almost nothing survives in its original un touched chrome plated finish.

This helmet rear section survives in its original chrome finish as it was gifted on set by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred to a crew member at which point it was signed by them.

Time And The Rani
Urak Tetrap Hand

A Tetrap paw inscribed "Urak", moulded and painted latex, with faux fur.  Purchased at the Bonhams 2010 Doctor Who auction lot 87.