Tech & Science The very rare spacesuit from "2001, the Space Odyssey" put up for auction

17:50  29 june  2020
17:50  29 june  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le scaphandre de « 2001, l’Odyssée de l’espace ». © Julien’s Auctions / AFP The spacesuit from "2001, the Space Odyssey".

Rare accessory from the shooting of "2001, the Space Odyssey" kept by Stanley Kubrick, the spacesuit used during an emblematic scene of the film will be put up for auction during a sale organized on July 17 and 18.

A rare spacesuit that served on the set of "2001, the Space Odyssey" during a legendary scene from this cult film by Stanley Kubrick will soon be auctioned.

Centerpiece of the sale organized in Beverly Hills on July 17 and 18, the astronaut costume is estimated between 200,000 and 300,000 dollars.

Rare film set

It is all the more sought after as the director Stanley Kubrick is reputed to have destroyed most of the props and costumes from 2001, considered as a masterpiece of the genre, to prevent them from being used in other films without his permission.

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According to Jason DeBord, head of the auction house Julien's Auctions which organizes the event, the only other major part of the film sold at auction was the space shuttle Aries 1B, which transported Dr. Heywood Floyd from the space station to at the moon. It was acquired by the Academy of Oscars in 2015 for $ 344,000.

The diving suit put under the hammer in July was probably used during one of the most emblematic scenes of 2001, when Dr. David Bowman (played by Keir Dullea) destroyed HAL 9000, computer which has developed an awareness and decides to kill astronauts to be able to accomplish the mission for which it was programmed.

The costume had already been auctioned in 1999 and has since remained in a temperature-controlled room. It’s a bit like it’s gone from the face of the earth, Jason DeBord said.

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900 other objects on sale

2001, the Space Odyssey was selected in four categories at the Oscars and won in that of special effects, thanks to the realism with which it represented space travel.

Among the 900 other objects put up for sale by Julien's Auctions include in particular the piloting command used by Neil Armstrong during the flight of Apollo 11 to the Moon, estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 dollars, as well as a suit glove designed tailor-made for Armstrong.

Less spatial but just as spectacular, the famous talking car used for the television series K 2000, a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from 1982, is also in the catalog, estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 dollars.

Estimated between $ 20,000 and $ 40,000, Superman's red cape, worn by Christopher Reeves in the 1978 film, is expected to fly to Beverly Hills next month.

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