Iconic space suit from 2001: A Space Odyssey is heading to auction

Iconic space suit from 2001: A Space Odyssey is heading to auction and expected to fetch $200K or more

If you’ve always wanted to wear an iconic space suit from the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey… and have an extra $200,000 to spare, then you’re in luck.

The space suit believed to be worn by Keir Dullea as Dr. David Bowman in the memorable scene where he enters the Discovery ship antechamber to kill the supercomputer HAL.

The suit is one of the centerpieces of Julien’s Auctions’ Legends and Explorers auction, which takes place July 17 and 18 in Beverly Hills, expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000,

Space oddity: If you’ve always wanted to wear an iconic space suit from the 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey… and have an extra $200,000 to spare, then you’re in luck

Memorable scene: The space suit believed to be worn by Keir Dullea as Dr. David Bowman in the memorable scene where he enters the Discovery ship antechamber to kill the supercomputer HAL

The suit’s helmet was repainted during the production, with one layer seen in close-up photos shown as the green color as seen in the film.

The item is so rare and expected to fetch such a hefty sum because most of the film’s props and costumes were believed to be destroyed after production.

This makes any screen-used item from director Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic a sought-after collector’s item


Green: The suit’s helmet was repainted during the production, with one layer seen in close-up photos shown as the green color as seen in the film

Rare: The item is so rare and expected to fetch such a hefty sum because most of the film’s props and costumes were believed to be destroyed after production

The ‘near complete spacesuit’ as described by the auction was also worn by different actors in various other scenes in the film.

Included with the lot is an MGM shipping crate, along with boots and a helmet, which each have four different layers of paint on them.

The different colors – a base of white, with yellow, green and white painted over it all again – represent the different characters who have worn the suit at different stage of the production. 

Suit: The ‘near complete spacesuit’ as described by the auction was also worn by different actors in various other scenes in the film


Crate: Included with the lot is an MGM shipping crate, along with boots and a helmet, which each have four different layers of paint on them


Layers: The different colors – a base of white, with yellow, green and white painted over it all again – represent the different characters who have worn the suit at different stage of the production

The space suit was first purchased at auction in 1999 and has been kept in ‘controlled storage’ for the past two decades since then

2001: A Space Odyssey is still considered one of the best films of all time, nominated for four Academy Awards, winning for Best Visual Effects for its pioneering depictions of space flight and new cinematic techniques.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for visual effects, due to its use of pioneering cinematic techniques as well as its accurate depiction of space flight.

Early auction: The space suit was first purchased at auction in 1999 and has been kept in ‘controlled storage’ for the past two decades since then

Best: 2001: A Space Odyssey is still considered one of the best films of all time, nominated for four Academy Awards, winning for Best Visual Effects for its pioneering depictions of space flight and new cinematic techniques

Pioneer: The film was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for visual effects, due to its use of pioneering cinematic techniques as well as its accurate depiction of space flight

It was also selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1991 and was named as one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time.

This spacesuit, which has been in controlled storage for the past two decades since it was first purchased at auction in 1999, has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. 

Fans in the Los Angeles area will be able to see this suit and other items on the auction block in person at the public exhibition at the Julien’s Auctions building (257 N. Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210).

The exhibition will run from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 daily from 11 AM to 5 PM. 

Registry: It was also selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1991 and was named as one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time

Exhibition: Fans in the Los Angeles area will be able to see this suit and other items on the auction block in person at the public exhibition at the Julien’s Auctions building (257 N. Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210)

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