Sunday, 31 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
August 24th Entertainment Sale

Last week I showed you the content of a Bonhams sale from January 1992. In it a large number of ex-BBC Costume Dept outfits from Doctor Who were sold off.

Since then I have found another catalogue from 1992, this time from August.

Interestingly a number of the extensive Doctor Who items sound very much like those sold back in January, though with much higher estimates this time around.

More recently I think we have seen some of these lots continuing to be sold on. It’s fascinating to trace the items back through the various auction catalogues, following the prices they sell for.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Sixth Doctor era

Lot 648 Dr. Who—The Auction, Catalogue from 11th May 1991, sale of selected costumes from the Wardrobe, 42 page catalogue with black and white illustrations, colour cover, together with a sheet of prices. (2)
Estimate £10-20

Lot 649 Dr. Who stage playscript, ‘The Ultimate Adventure’ by Terrance Dicks.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 682 ‘Timelash’, 1985 (Colin Baker) Maylin Tekker’s (Paul Darrow) costume.
Estimate £80-l20

Lot 683 ‘Timelash’, 1985 (Colin Baker) An android collar.
Estimate £30-50

Lot 684 ‘Attack of the Cybermen’, 1985 (Colin Baker) A Cyberman gun.
Estimate £200-300

Lot 685 ‘Mindwarp’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A Mentor guard helmet.
Estimate £50-80


Lot 686 ‘Mindwarp’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A Mentor guard helmet.
Estimate £50-80

Lot 687 ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) A pink and white short dress, worn by Janet the Stewardess on Hyperion III (Yolande Paulfrey).
Estimate £50-80


Lot 687a ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) An Hyperion II guard’s gun and a blue and yellow pistol.


Lot 688 ‘The Mysterious Planet’, 1986 (Colin Baker) One of Drathro’s guard’s helmets.
Estimate £150-250

Lot 689 ‘Terror of the Vervoids’, 1986 (Colin Baker) Two gold Magarian jumpsuits.
Estimate £50-80

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
The BBC Costume Dept sale

Exactly 24 years ago TODAY there was an unusual auction at Bonhams to sell off a vast amount of ex-BBC costume department items.

Due to the volume of items on offer, the sale was held at the BBC Costume Warehouse, which at the time was on the Royal London Industrial Estate in North Acton.

Most of the sale was non-descript items, broken down into sections such as PERIOD COSTUMES - GREEK/ROMAN, MEDIAEVAL, TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN, STUART, GEORGIAN and REGENCY, VICTORIAN and EDWARDIAN etc.

It then moved on to SPORTSWEAR and MISCELLANEOUS before CHILDRENS and LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. There was even a section for FANCY DRESS and ARMOUR, CHAINMAIL ETC.

Then things got more interesting with NARNIA prior to the big draw the sale - the SCIENCE FICTION section.

This was broken down into DR WHO, BLAKE’S 7, THE FLIP SIDE OF DOMINICK HYDE, STAR COPS, and OTHER SCIENCE FICTION COSTUMES.

The sale closed with a section of late additions, which included an extra Doctor Who lot.

I recently picked up a copy of the sales catalogue on aBay - such as it is. Back in 1992 this consisted of a pocket folder with a stapled loose sheet listing of the items for sale. There are no photographs or illustrations, and the descriptions are scant to say the least.

I have transcribed all the Doctor Who items.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Sixth Doctor era
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue


Lot 302 Attack of the Cybermen, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
White jumpsuit with gauze inserts worn by Faith Brown as Flast, a Kryon (1)
Sold for £60

Lot 303 Revelation of the Daleks, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Guards helmets from Tranquil Repose on Planet Neiros and medical attendants uniform (8)
Sold for £170

Lot 304 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Guard helmets (3)
Sold for £160






Lot 305 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black jacket with soft leather red cuffed gloves attached worn by
Owen Teale as Maldak (1)
Sold for £110

Lot 306 Mask of the Rani, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 pairs of boots worn by Kate OMara as the Rani (4)
Sold for £40

Lot 307 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 suits worn by Drathros human servants, Billy McColl as Humker and Sion Tudor Owen as Tandrell, white with yellow lapels (2)
Sold for £45

Lot 308 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black shirt, jacket, belt and water bottle for Merdeen played by Tom Chadbon (4)
Sold for £120

Lot 309 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Green suit worn by Grenville, played by
Tony Scoggo (1)
Sold for £65

Lot 310 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Spacesuits, white with silver and grey detailing, 4 with padded shoulders (6)
Sold for £150

Friday, 22 January 2016

Original 6th Doctor items on eBay -
January 2016

These boots exchanged hand on eBay back in April 2013 when I think they sold for £590.

Here they are again, for slightly less.

Attack of the Cybermen
Cybermen boots
This is a rare original prop from the classic series of Doctor Who - a pair of boots from a Cyberman costume.

One boot has 'J Ainley' (nephew of Anthony Ainley') written on the top. He played a Cyberman in the 1985 sixth doctor adventure Attack of the Cybermen, and so the boots can certainly be dated to this story and may have featured in The Five Doctors as the BBC tended re-use costumes.


Classic series props are few and far between, especially ones relating to the iconic monsters of the show.