Ewbanks’ sale set to woo film and music buffs
FILM and music fans should head to Ewbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, on October 5 and 6, when an impressive array of entertainment memorabilia, including a large collection of Star Wars artefacts, go under the hammer.
The collection of Star Wars items includes vintage toys, plus pieces from renowned manufacturers including Sideshow Collectibles and Master Replicas.
One of the most striking Star Wars lots in the auction is a life-size (206cm tall) Death Trooper statue, made by Anovos to promote the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This highly-detailed statue was made in limited numbers, possibly for film premieres. It is made from vacuum-formed plastic and metal, and stands on a metal base, with an official ‘Lucasfilm’ sticker. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £1,500 and £2,500 and is being sold with no reserve.
Another life-sized Star Wars replica in the auction is a limited-edition bust of Darth Vader, made by Sideshow Collectibles, in partnership with the talented FX artists at Spectral Motion. Capturing every detail of the Sith Lord and his helmet, this versatile bust has been constructed so that the helmet may be removed to reveal Anakin’s scarred visage.
The interior of the face and neck portions of the mask are fully detailed to represent all of the wiring and technology necessary to sustain Anakin inside his suit. The bust is crafted in fibreglass, polystone, fabric and metal for the most authentic and realistic representation. Standing more than two feet high, it is in its original box and is valued between £300 and £500.
Fans of the late David Bowie will be clamouring to buy a rare, signed, limited edition print by Rex Ray, the respected graphic artist based in San Francisco who died in 2015.
The print going on sale is numbered 7/10, and is a Berkeley Community Theatre print, in the style of Bowie’s 2004 Reality tour. However, Ray made an error in the spelling of “Berkley” so the poster never went to press.
This print was signed by both Bowie and Ray as part of a competition on bowienet.com in 2008, it was won by the vendor. It is framed, measures 14 by 20 inches and has been valued between £2,000 and £4,000.
Vinyl aficionados will be clamouring for a single-owner collection of records from the 1950s to 1990. There are around 630 vinyl albums, 1,200 7-inch singles, and 80 12-inch singles being sold as one lot, which carries an estimate of between £1,000 and £2,000. The records were bought by one collector and filed in detailed order.
Highlights include original albums by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Doors, U2, and Stone Roses, plus a whole raft of re-issues from the 70s and 80s including a Buddy Holly six-album box-set.
The singles reflect this album collection, but also include many from the punk and New Wave years, such as ‘Anarchy In The UK’ on the EMI Label, ‘Submission’ one sided 7” both by the Sex Pistols. More than 300 of the singles date between 1977 and 1982.
A Fake London parka jacket worn by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher at the band’s Finsbury Park gig on July 7 2002, has a pre-sale estimate of between £800 and £1,200. The seller won the jacket in a competition run by Liam Gallagher’s record label in 2011, and it comes with an email from Quest Management and a compliments slip from Columbia.
Film memorabilia lots include many posters and programmes spanning almost 90 years. One of the oldest lots is a programme from the London premiere at the Marble Arch Pavilion, of the 1927 film Metropolis, an epic German science-fiction, which has been valued at between £800 and £1,200.
Football fans will want to bid on a piece of English football history, original Wembley seat No. 65 surrounded by autographs of the World Cup Winning team from 1966. Autographs include Bobby Moore, Gordon Banks, Geoff Hurst, George Cohen, Martin Peters, and manager Alf Ramsey. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £500 and £800.
The sale will take place on October 5 and 6 at noon, viewing of lots will be on October 2 9am to 5pm, October 3 9am to 7pm, October 4 9am to 5pm and the mornings of the sale. There will also be selected lots on view from the Adrian Cowdry memorabilia auction taking place a week later on October 12 and 13.
Ewbank’s is preparing for a very special extra sale date which has been added to the auction house calendar. On December 13 at 2pm, “Ray Harryhausen – The Personal Collection of Tony Dalton” will be going under the hammer. The legendary special effects giant Ray Harryhausen, who worked on films including: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and The Argonauts, Clash of The Titans and One Million Years BC to name a few, inspired many filmmakers of today including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, John Landis and Peter Jackson. Tony Dalton is a world-leading authority on Harryhausen and his work. He has written a number of books on him and co-produced the recent film about him ‘Ray Harryhausen Special effects Titan’. More information will be released in the coming weeks.
If you have items to consign for sale, get in touch with Ewbank’s on 01483 223101 or email valuations@ ewbankauctions.co.uk. Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, off the A3 near Guildford. There is plenty of parking on site.
Live internet bidding via www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available, giving online buyers the chance to participate at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.
A limited-edition bust of Darth Vader, in its original box, has been valued at between £300 and £500
A rare, signed, limited edition print of David Bowie by Rex Ray, the respected graphic artist based San Francisco, has been valued between £2,000 and £4,000