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Tech & Science A spacesuit from "2001, the Space Odyssey" auctioned in Los Angeles

21:50  29 june  2020
21:50  29 june  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Ce costume avait déjà été vendu aux enchères en 1999 et est depuis lors resté dans une pièce à température contrôlée. © AFP. This costume had already been sold at auction in 1999 and has since remained in a temperature-controlled room.

Stanley Kubrick is said to have destroyed most of the accessories and costumes for "2001, the Space Odyssey", to prevent them from being used in other films without his permission. A rare spacesuit used on the shooting of this cult film will soon be sold at auction.

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

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.

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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 developed an awareness and decides to kill the 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 disappeared from the face of the earth," said DeBord. "2001, the Space Odyssey" was selected in four Oscars categories and won in that of special effects, thanks to the realism with which it represented space travel.

A glove by Neil Armstrong

Among the 900 other objects sold by Julien's Auctions are notably 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 for Armstrong.

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Un gant de scaphandre conçu sur-mesure pour Armstrong est mis en vente/Nasa. © Supplied by Le Parisien A suit glove designed for Armstrong is put on sale / Nasa.

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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.

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