A Monster Auction of Ray Harryhausen’s Cinematic Objects

This is the sort of gift you are given when you are Ray Harryhausen (All Photos: Courtesy of Lucas Field Media)

When pioneering filmmaker and animator Ray Harryhausen passed away in 2013, he left behind legions of fans—everyone from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to Terry Gilliam and Edgar Wright.

Long before CGI, Harryhausen giving life prehistoric creatures, mythological monsters, alien species. His work in the field of stop-motion animation on such films as Mysterious Island, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and perhaps most famously, Clash of the Titans, revolutionized on-screen fantasy. Be it a chess-playing baboon, a fleet-footed skeleton swordsman, or a massive octopus tearing down a suspension bridge, there were no limits to what Harryhausen could create using models, tricky cinematography, and patience.

One of the 63 original drawings up for auction. 

Harryhausen’s career spanned decades, and he left behind an impressive number of relics and artifacts from the creations he and the screen, and some that never made it past the planning stages. And coming up later this month on October 17th, 2015, a selection of his personal collection of career memorabilia is going up for auction at John Nicholson’s Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers in Surrey, England.

Included in the collection up for auction are a number of one-of-a-kind artifacts from some of his famous films, like a bronze helmet from Clash of the Titans, and charcoal sketches from Valley on Gwangi. There are also more personal items like a selection of his vintage camcorders and posters he owned. However possibly most fascinating object up for auction is a model scene, created in a Harryhausen-esque style, that looks to have been from the Lord of the Rings, which seems to have been a gift to Harryhausen from fellow modeler, Martin Bower.

John Nicholson’s sent us a fascinating gallery of items up for auction, which offer an interesting look into the life of one of the greatest monster makers of all time. Not too early to start holiday shopping: 

A set of six large sheets of possible location photographs.

Posters and pen and ink drawings. 

A color poster signed “For Ray, thanks for your inspiration.”

A drawing on tracing paper. 

Prints of “Cetiosaurus”, “Tyrannosaurus” and “First Men In The Moon”. 

A Sony Handycam Video 8 camcorder, with case and accessories. 

Six mock-up cast lists for Clash of the Titans, with alterations and notes. 

An unframed color poster for Custer’s Last Stand, signed by Ray Harryhausen. 

A silver model ‘Frankenstein’ signed Ray Harryhausen on white label on reverse, London Hallmark, 7 ½” high          £50 – 100A silver model Frankenstein monster. 

 A signed colour photograph with some of his models, 7 ½” x 5 ½”  £50 – 100A signed photograph of Ray Harryhausen with some of his models. 

Four small oils on board. Scenes from Sinbad, signed Ray Harryhausen on reverse   £100 – 150Four small oil paintings of scenes from Sinbad

A Chinon 310 Pacific Super 8 handheld cine camera in its original case, and signed on the side of the case by Ray Harryhausen. 

   A bronze mask from Clash of the Titans 1981. 8” high         £100 – 150A bronze mask from Clash of the Titans.

A painted plaster bust of Frankenstein Monster, signed on white label on reverse, 11” high       £50 – 100A painted plaster bust of Frankenstein’s monster. 

A painted papier mache bust on chipboard base, signed Ray Harryhausen in ink, 12” high               £50 – 100A painted papier mache bust. 

A large mold fibeeglass painted head.