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Special Auction: Hollywood & the Universe


LOT 1559 RARE ORIENTED CHONDRITE METEORITE North West Africa. Exceptional Chondrite meteorite. Dimension: 7 x 6 cm. Weight: 228 g. 4.55 billion years. Provenance: Private Italian collection. Oriented meteorites have frozen in their shape and surface the record of their fiery passage through the Earth’s atmosphere. All meteorites arrive on the surface of our world by the same experience, but only the rare few that are stable during flight will show the marks of ablation and accumulation. These are the oriented meteorites and are the rarest kind of chondrites. Some of these marks are radial flow lines, splattered material clinging to the sides behind the forward surface, and lips and ridges of melted material that has flowed as liquid back from the front. These marks are called regmaglypts. Chondrites are stony (non-metallic) meteorites that have not been modified due to melting or differentiation of the parent body. They are formed when various types of dust and small grains that were present in the early solar system accreted to form primitive asteroids. Their study provides important clues for understanding the origin and age of the Solar System, the synthesis of organic compounds, the origin of life and the presence of water on Earth. Chondrites were formed by the accretion of particles of dust and grit present in the primitive Solar System which gave rise to asteroids over 4.55 billion years ago. These asteroid parent bodies of chondrites are (or were) small to medium-sized asteroids that were never part of any body large enough to undergo melting and planetary differentiation. The scientific community generally accepts that these spheres were formed by the action of a shock wave that passed through the Solar System, although there is little agreement as to the cause of this shock wave. An article published in 2005 proposed that the gravitational instability of the gaseous disk that formed Jupiter generated a shock wave with a velocity of more than 10 km/s, which resulted in the formation of the chondrules. LOT 1560 ORIGINAL STORMTROOPER HELMET FROM THE MOVIE “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” This helmet was screen used in the movie “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Lucasfilm. The movie was released in 2015 and it is the first of the 3 final chapters of the Star Wars saga. Dimensions: 30 x 38 x 25 cm. Provenance: Private American collection. This helmet is one of the few rare pieces used in the movies that can be found outside the Lucasfilm archives collection. By the signs of wear, it is possible to know that it was certainly used during the filming of the movie and seen on screen, which makes it even more rare and unique. “You cannot make a Star Wars movie and not have storm troopers” director J.J. Abram says in an interview. Storm troopers have become cultural icons, and a widely recognized element of the Star Wars franchise. Few costume designs in the history of film are as iconic as the Imperial storm trooper. The design work for these characters is traced back to Ralph McQuarrie‘s 1975 drawings and paintings, produced with George Lucas to help Fox company executives visualize the proposed film. At George Lucas’s request, McQuarrie created a “spooky white space armor” for the storm troopers. When the look was finalized, John Mollo then took McQuarrie’s designs and figured out how the pieces could fit together, based on his knowledge of medieval armor. Liz Moore and Nick Pemberton actually sculpted designs for the helmet for the first movies. Stormtroopers designs were intended to look “terrifying, but also supercool, super clean”, with the helmets being “very stylized skulls” says director J.J. Abrams. The helmet and armor were redesigned for the 2015 film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by costume designer Michael Kaplan with input from director J.J. Abrams. They thought that being First Order storm troopers their armour had to be updated, so they made some changes in the design and materials to make the storm troopers look more contemporary but still indisputably recognizable as the soldiers of the Empire. The older grey and blue detailing have now gone as this sleeker design has gone for a simple black and white coloring and the bubble lenses now look more like goggles as they meet in the middle. Note also the asymmetry of the helmet which has only one front “mic” (on the left) instead of two. A stormtrooper is a fictional soldier in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. Introduced in Star Wars (1977), the storm troopers are the main ground force of the Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Emperor Palpatine and his commanders, most notably Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. The film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the highestgrossing film of 2015, the highest-grossing film in the franchise and received five Academy Award nominations at the 88th Academy Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects. LOT 1561 AUTHENTIC GIBEON METEORITE IN THE SHAPE OF A SHARK An authentic Gibeon meteorite from Namibia in the rare shape of a shark. What collectors love the most about this type of meteorites is the peculiar shapes they take once they are cut. Dating: 4 billion years. Dimensions: 12 x 7 cm. Weight: 92 g. Provenance: Private collection. Gibeon is a meteorite that fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. It was named after the nearest town: Gibeon. The fragments of the meteorite in the strewn field are dispersed over an elliptical area 275 kilometres (171 mi) long and 100 kilometres (62 mi) wide, however no craters have yet been identified. The core of this area is situated near the village of Gibeon in Namibia‘s Hardap Region. The meteorite was discovered by the Nama people and used by them to make tools and weapons. In 1836 the English captain J. E. Alexander collected samples of the meteorite in the vicinity of the Fish River and sent them to London. There John Herschel analyzed them and confirmed for the first time the extraterrestrial nature of the material. The term Gibeon encompasses the whole meteoritic material fallen from the sky during this fall. This material is classified as iron meteorite belonging to the chemical group IVA. Gibeon meteorites are composed of an iron-nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a classic example of fine octahedrite and the Widmanstätten pattern is appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry. These lines and patterns are the result of cooling in outer space over billions of years. Widmanstätten patterns, also known as Thomson structures, are figures of long nickel–iron crystals, found in the octahedrite iron meteorites and some pallasites. They consist of a fine interleaving of kamacite and taenite bands or ribbons called lamellae. In 1808, these figures were named after Count Alois von Beckh Widmanstätten, the director of the Imperial Porcelain works in Vienna. While flame heating iron meteorites, Widmanstätten noticed color and luster zone differentiation as the various iron alloys oxidized at different rates. He did not publish his findings, claiming them only via oral communication with his colleagues. The discovery was acknowledged by Carl von Schreibers, director of the Vienna Mineral and Zoology Cabinet, who named the structure after Widmanstätten. However, it is now believed that the discovery of the metal crystal pattern should actually be assigned to the English mineralogist William Thomson, as he published the same findings four years earlier. LOT 1562 AUTHENTIC PIECE OF MOON Lunar Meteorite Tisserlitine 001, found in Mali in 2019, extremely rare fragment of extraterrestrial matter. 9 x 5,5 cm. Weight: 112 g. Provenance: Private collection. Lunar samples are readily identified by their highly specific geological, mineralogical, chemical and radiation signatures. Lunar minerals were formed in a weak gravitational field, absence of water, with no free oxygen, and have been altered through exposure to cosmic radiation. The minerals comprising the Moon‘s crust are limited. Lunar specimens contain gases originating from the solar wind with isotope ratios that are markedly different than the same gases found on Earth (also as a result of cosmic radiation). When asteroids strike the Moon‘s surface, chunks of the Moon are launched into space in much the same way that dust is launched into the air when a child dives onto a bed. One merely needs to view the craters of the Moon to imagine the number of asteroids whose impact would have provided sufficient energy to eclipse the Moon‘s gravitational influence and launch surface material into space. Less than 0.1% of all meteorites recovered are lunar in origin, with less than 150 pounds of meteorites originating from the Moon known to exist. 56 HAMPEL FINE ART AUCTIONS * for more detailed photos browse

LOT 1563 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF MOON SETTLING OVER EARTH’S LIMB S32-72-050 Iconic photography of the Space Era, certified by NASA and taken in 1990. Printed on KODAK paper. Dimensions: 20 x 25 cm. Provenance: Nasa. Onboard view of the Moon settling over earth’s limb. The Moon image is distorted due to refraction through Earth’s atmosphere. This picture was used by the astronauts od STS-32 during their postflight press conference on January 30th 1990. STS-32 was the 33rd mission of NASA‘s Space Shuttle program, and the ninth launch of Space Shuttle Columbia. Launched on 9 January 1990, it marked the first use of Launch Pad A at Kennedy Space Center‘s Complex 39 since 1986; it also marked the first use of Mobile Launcher Platform-3 (MLP-3) in the Space Shuttle program. STS-32 was, at the time, the longest shuttle mission yet conducted, with a duration of nearly 11 days. Before STS-32, the only mission of the same duration had been STS-9 in 1983. On 20 January 1990, STS-32 executed the third night landing of the shuttle program. STS-32 was also the first shuttle launch of the 1990s. LOT 1564 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ASTRONAUT BUZZ ALDRIN ON THE MOON AS11-40-5902 Iconic photography of the Space Era, certified by NASA and taken in 1969. Printed on KODAK paper. Dimensions: 20 x 25 cm. Provenance: Nasa. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. The astronauts‘ bootprints are clearly visible in the foreground. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar orbit. LOT 1565 EXTREMELY RARE DRONINO METEORITE Extremely rare Dronino Meteorite found in Ryazan Oblast, Russia in 2000. About 4 billion years. Dimensions: 16 cm. Weight: 4600 g. Provenance: Private collection. There is no other meteorite that looks like Dronino and the specimen now offered is remarkable. With a platinum-hued patina, this is a decorative example of a singularly exotic meteorite. Dronino evidences what is perhaps the most richly hewn surface texture of a meteorite known to exist. While the vast majority of iron meteorites are members of established chemical groups, 11% have no chemical relation to anything previously known and Dronino is one of these exotic, ungrouped irons. The implication of Dronino’s unique chemical signature is that it originated from a previously unknown parent asteroid. Dronino meteorites were recovered approximately 20 kilometers from an ancient town founded in 1152. As nothing was ever written about what would have been an extremely memorable event of a fireball accompanied by sonic booms and a smoke trail, it can be inferred that Dronino‘s arrival occurred when the area was unpopulated. From the distribution of the meteorite fragments it has been estimated that the meteorite formed a crater with a diameter of 30 m. The Dronino meteorite is classified as an ataxite (iron meteorite). The meteorite is named after the village Dronino where it was found. The meteorite was discovered by Oleg Gus‘kov in July 2000 on his way home from mushroom collecting near the village of Dronino. He noticed a rusty piece of iron protruding from the ground. Suspecting it to be a meteorite but unable to exhume it, he returned the next day with a shovel and wheelbarrow. He brought the meteorite to his house, where it lay in his garden for the next two years. In this time the meteorite broke into three pieces. Gus’kov sawed one of the pieces apart upon which he realized that it was definitely a meteorite. After that he alerted different experts of his discovery. LOT 1566 ORIGINAL BATMAN COWL FROM THE MOVIE “BATMAN FOREVER” This cowl was used in the production of the 1995 movie “Batman Forever” directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures. Dimensions: 50 x 65 x 20 cm. Provenance: Private American collection. Batman Forever was a great commercial success, the movie that followed the previous two episodes directed by Tim Burton grossed more than the previous one, “Batman Returns”, and was the second-highest-grossing film of 1995. This time the direction of the movie was given to Joel Schumacher and the role of Batman was taken by actor Val Kilmer. Val Kilmer signed for the role before even reading the script. At that time, he was coming back from Africa and, as he tells in an interview, he called his agent who told him that he was been considered for the role of Batman in next Batman movie. Kilmer wanted to know when exactly they started talking about this, and he realized that on that specific day he had spent the night in a cave full of bats in Africa, so he thought that was a good sign and took the role. Also the rest of the cast was incredible, including actors such as Tommy Lee Jones in the role of Two-Face, who had worked with Schumacher on his previous movie, “The Client”, Jim Carrey that was able with his extraordinary comic talent to bring a genuine humorous line in the movie and actress Nicole Kidman, that we remember for some amazing performances such as in “Dogville” and “The Hours”. Peter Travers from Rolling Stones says in a 1995 review about the movie: The third Batman epic, with Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader is a long way from the dark poetry of Tim Burton’s 1989 original. This 1995 version has cleaned up its act. It had to. Audiences were turned off by Burton’s grim and disjointed 1992 sequel, “Batman Returns”. “Batman Forever”, with Joel Schumacher in for Burton as director, goes easy on the mayhem and doesn’t dwell on our hero’s pesky depressive side. Schumacher’s method is to use a lighter touch, to stay closer to the cartoon that Bob Kane created for DC Comics in 1939 and to temper Burton’s nightmare world with an accessible, brightly colored TV palette. Schumacher keeps the movie spinning like a pinwheel; it’s a thrill-packed joy ride that knocks itself out to please”. The movie at the 68th Academy Awards, was nominated for Cinematography, Sound and Sound Effects Editing. This cowl was designed specifically for actor Val Kilmer and made from a cast to fit him perfectly. With its extremely pointed ears this is one the most recognizable Batman designs of all times and one of the most appreciated by fans. It was designed by costume designer Bob Ringwood, that worked in all the early Batman movies. The final version was realized by sculptor and prop maker Jose Fernandez, that started working in the production of the Batman franchise with the second movie, “Batman Returns”, first to realize Catwoman’s costume and then to remake the Batman cowl. His work was so appreciated that he kept working on Batman’s costumes for the next two movies “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”. To achieve this beautiful result, his production company, Ironhead studio says: “Jose and the crew started utilizing heavy body shopping to achieve a super clean finish. Before “Batman Forever”, this technique had never really been pushed. This is what allowed Val Kilmer’s Batcowl and suit to have such a smooth finish”. In another interview Kilmer says about his costume: “I would sort of try, in the first couple of weeks in the batsuit, to entertain the kids [on set] and they got into a trance in front of the batsuit, it’s amazing to watch, especially with the boys, they became entranced by this costume, they don’t need any entertainment at all, after a while I was just standing, like I was in a sort of museum”. LOT 1567 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF ASTRONAUT ALAN B. SHEPARD JR ON MOON SURFACE AS14-66-9232 Iconic photography of the Space Era, certified by NASA and taken in 1971. Printed on KODAK paper. Dimensions: 20 x 25 cm. Provenance: Nasa. Apollo 14 was the eighth crewed mission in the United States Apollo program, the third to land on the Moon, and the first to land in the lunar highlands. It was the last of the “H missions”, landings at specific sites of scientific interest on the Moon for two-day stays with two lunar extravehicular activities (EVAs or moonwalks). Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission, stands by the deployed United States flag on the lunar surface all texts can be translated in your own language via google * HAMPEL FINE ART AUCTIONS 57