Auction of film & TV costumes at Bonhams

A remarkable collection of costumes created and supplied by Angels The Costumiers, for some of the most iconic international film, television and theatre productions in history will be sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on Tuesday 6 March 2007, in what is believed to be the UK’s largest auction of film and television costumes.

More than 400 Angels outfits including Obi Wan’s Cloak (Star Wars, Alec Guinness £50,000–60,000), James Bond’s Suits (e.g. Thunderball, Sean Connery £30,000–40,000 & Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan £4,000–5,000) and a selection of costumes (original and publicity) from each of the Dr. Whos (ranging from £3,000–5,000), will be available to collectors and amateur fans alike. Other lots in the Bonhams sale of Angels costumes include the most prominent costumes from films such as Braveheart, Titanic, Elizabeth, Indiana Jones, Highlander, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Evita, Superman & Harry Potter.

In recognition of the popular appeal of the items, and a world first in terms of a viewing experience, Bonhams’ saleroom will be turned into a star’s dressing room – allowing interested customers the opportunity to try on selected costumes.

Angels, founded in 1840, is the world’s longest-established supplier of costumes to the film, theatre and television industry. Angels shop became popular with theatre actors who, at that time, had to purchase their own clothes and costumes for auditions and performances.

Below are selected highlights. Star Wars: One of the star lots in the sale is original Obi-Wan ‘Ben’ Kenobi’s cloak worn by Sir Alec Guinness in the masterpiece science fiction adventure, Star Wars (1977). This original cloak, an integral part of this world of excitement and mystery is estimated at £50,000-60,000. Also from Star Wars is an imperial commanders uniform, estimated at £8,000-10,000.

Dr. Who: Costumes representing Dr Who include the original Tom Baker coat (£8,000–10,000), Patrick Troughton trousers and Christopher Eccleston’s leather jacket (£3,000–4,000) all worn in the series. The remaining outfits were worn by the actors for promotional reasons but not worn on set.

James Bond: Sean Connery’s dinner jacket worn in Thunderball in 1965 will be sold. Made in blackwool and lined with burgundy satin,this jacket is estimated at £30,000–40,000. Original outfits worn by Pierce Brosnan in three of the films he starred in from 1995 to 1999 will feature. From GoldenEye (1995) is Brosnan’s Brioni grey three piece-suit (£8,000–10,000), a similar blue suit (£5,000–6,000) and a cream linen suit (£8,000–10,000).

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