‘Space Odyssey’ suit, helmet soar to $370,000 at Julien’s

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A spacesuit and helmet worn in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ sold for $370,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions had liftoff of its two-day blockbuster Hollywood and Space exploration memorabilia event on July 17-18 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com. The highlight was the sale of one of the most iconic spacesuits of all time from the Academy award-winning science fiction masterpiece, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

The suit, accompanied by the film’s famous helmet and believed to have been worn by the film’s star, Keir Dullea, as mission pilot and scientist Dr. David Bowman, in the film’s memorable faceoff scene with “HAL,” sold for an astounding $370,000 well over its original estimate of $200,000.

Over 900 items from Hollywood entertainment film lore to television’s past and present golden ages as well as a collection of some of the most significant and historical space artifacts went under the hammer with fans and collectors from around the world bidding on the floor, online and by telephone.

A historic pieces used on the Apollo 11 and 17 missions was a marquee highlight of the weekend including two pilot control sticks from the NASA Apollo 11 flight to the moon, one used by Neil Armstrong (below) which sold for a stunning $370,000, over three times its original estimate of $100,000 and the other used by Buzz Aldrin, which sold for $256,000. A complete original tool kit flown on Apollo 17 during the last mission to the moon sold for $102,400, well over its estimate of $20,000 as well as an Apollo-era spacesuit glove designed for Armstrong that sold for $76,800, over seven times its original estimate of $10,000.

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Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 NASA space flown control stick sold for $370,000. Julien’s Auctions image

Other highlights included (with winning bids): a David Hasselhoff signed KITT Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am used in tours and appearances promoting the popular Knight Rider television series ($192,000); an original wire and Zoptic flying and mechanical cape worn by Christopher Reeve in his iconic role as the Man of Steel in the Superman film franchise ($110,000); over five times its original estimate of $20,000; and an original tobacco pipe used by Sir Ian Holm Cuthbert CBE (Ian Holm) as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($28,200).

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David Hasselhoff signed KITT Knight Rider 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Sold for $192,000. Julien’s Auctions image

Items from Marilyn Monroe including her watercolor still life titled Viewed from a night table, which sold for $21,875; Joe DiMaggio’s copy of Marilyn Monroe’s eulogy and funeral service program sold for $24,320; Monroe’s black silk Bergdorf Goodman evening gown ($28,125) and swimsuit costume from her film There’s No Business Like Show Business ($10,240).

Another special highlight of the weekend was Property from the Collection of Steve Martin, featuring items from the distinguished career of the acclaimed American actor and comedian, including Martin’s signed script from the 1979 hit comedy film The Jerk, which sold for $25,600, more than eight times its estimate of $3,000; Martin’s distinctive three-piece Giorgio Beverly Hills by Brioni white suit that became a trademark for his standup act ($22,400); a Gibson Mastertone banjo gifted to Martin by Queen Latifah ($11,250); and Martin’s stage played Toot Uncommons, 1976 Gibson Flying V solid body electric guitar ($19,200).

Space Odyssey

Steve Martin’s trademark three-piece white suit, tailored by Giorgio Beverly Hills by Brioni, worn during his standup comedy performances in the 1980s. Sold for $22,400. Julien’s Auctions image

Martin’s proceeds from the auction will benefit the Motion Picture Home in honor of his friend Roddy McDowall, the late legendary stage, film and television actor and philanthropist for the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Country House and Hospital.

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