A total of 13,254 items from various Stanley Kubrick movies, including The Shining, Clockwork Orange and Dr Strangelove, are to be sold at Sotheby’s Auction House, on April 2.
The auctioned items are part of a collection of more than 45,000 stage props and costumes that the artist had amassed over his career, and that were stored in his Hertfordshire manor at his death in 1999.
The artifacts that are attracting the most attention are clearly the accessories from the 1969 moon landing film, including the suit that Neil Armstrong was wearing in the historic footage that made him famous as “the first man on the moon”.
Andrea Fiuczynski, Sotheby’s Executive Vice President and chairman of the West Coast, predicted that the auction will attract thousands of buyers from all over the world
“Many unique and famous historical items are on sale, and we expect them to reach very high prices,”Ms Fiuczynski told reporters. “These include Appolo 11â²s Lunar Module, the Eagle, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s space suits, and the famous American flag that they erected on the moon. These are all unique pieces of human heritage, so they can interest people from all over the world.”
In July 1969, over 53 million American households tuned in to watch this mission on TV, and over 530 million viewers worldwide watched the moon landing, believing they were actually watching some footage that had been filmed in outer space.
The event was contrived to fulfil former president John F Kennedy’s prophecy of reaching the Moon and winning the space race against the Russians.
Only a few people at NASA, at Warner Bros studios and in the American government knew at the time, that the footage had actually been produced in a movie studio by filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick.
NASA and the American government had obtained Kubrick’s collaboration and silence by threatening to arrest his brother, Raul Kubrick, who was then the head of the American Communist Party.
The director and producer of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, accepted to fake the moon landings in return for an unlimited budget to make his ultimate science fiction film: 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He never revealed his collaboration in the moon landing film, which was only made public by NASA in 2014.