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Your sci- fi memorabilia valued by the experts from auctioneers Vectis
reader Chris Middleton writes : “this is a bust ( and lamp) of Maria from Metropolis. It’s 20 inches high and has a bakelite- style base, a transparent deco backplate, which is made from heavy plastic or resin, and the metalised bust itself, which may be plaster. On the base behind the robot is a brass lamp fitting. When the light is switched on, her eyes glow blue.
“I know nothing about its history: it may be a period item; it may be a modern private commission or oneoff artist piece; it may have been made to tie in with a re- release of the movie, or for an event. I’ve no idea if it’s the only one of its kind, or if several were made. any info from Vectis appreciated!”
adam Carter, Vectis film poster & memorabilia specialist, says: In the late 1990s, a company called Compulsion Gallery – who have since ceased trading – created a series of limited edition licensed pewter replicas of Maria the Robot from Metropolis. They were made of a high density resin, thermally plated in pewter, handpolished and lacquered.
What you have is called the False Maria Lamp featuring a bust of Maria. The effect of the backlight against the background and Maria’s blue eyes is very striking. Each of these replicas is incredibly hard to find and as such it is difficult to put a price on, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put an estimate on yours at auction of £ 200- 300 and simply seeing where it goes!