Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bonhams: 1992 -
The BBC Costume Dept sale

Exactly 24 years ago TODAY there was an unusual auction at Bonhams to sell off a vast amount of ex-BBC costume department items.

Due to the volume of items on offer, the sale was held at the BBC Costume Warehouse, which at the time was on the Royal London Industrial Estate in North Acton.

Most of the sale was non-descript items, broken down into sections such as PERIOD COSTUMES - GREEK/ROMAN, MEDIAEVAL, TUDOR, ELIZABETHAN, STUART, GEORGIAN and REGENCY, VICTORIAN and EDWARDIAN etc.

It then moved on to SPORTSWEAR and MISCELLANEOUS before CHILDRENS and LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT. There was even a section for FANCY DRESS and ARMOUR, CHAINMAIL ETC.

Then things got more interesting with NARNIA prior to the big draw the sale - the SCIENCE FICTION section.

This was broken down into DR WHO, BLAKE’S 7, THE FLIP SIDE OF DOMINICK HYDE, STAR COPS, and OTHER SCIENCE FICTION COSTUMES.

The sale closed with a section of late additions, which included an extra Doctor Who lot.

I recently picked up a copy of the sales catalogue on aBay - such as it is. Back in 1992 this consisted of a pocket folder with a stapled loose sheet listing of the items for sale. There are no photographs or illustrations, and the descriptions are scant to say the least.

I have transcribed all the Doctor Who items.

As usual I have separated the items by Doctor era, and you can see the rest of the items here:
Here are just the lots relating to the Sixth Doctor era
Click the link above to download a copy of the full catalogue


Lot 302 Attack of the Cybermen, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
White jumpsuit with gauze inserts worn by Faith Brown as Flast, a Kryon (1)
Sold for £60

Lot 303 Revelation of the Daleks, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Guards helmets from Tranquil Repose on Planet Neiros and medical attendants uniform (8)
Sold for £170

Lot 304 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Guard helmets (3)
Sold for £160






Lot 305 Vengeance on Varos, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black jacket with soft leather red cuffed gloves attached worn by
Owen Teale as Maldak (1)
Sold for £110

Lot 306 Mask of the Rani, 1985, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 pairs of boots worn by Kate OMara as the Rani (4)
Sold for £40

Lot 307 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
2 suits worn by Drathros human servants, Billy McColl as Humker and Sion Tudor Owen as Tandrell, white with yellow lapels (2)
Sold for £45

Lot 308 Mysterious Planet, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who. 
Black shirt, jacket, belt and water bottle for Merdeen played by Tom Chadbon (4)
Sold for £120

Lot 309 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Green suit worn by Grenville, played by
Tony Scoggo (1)
Sold for £65

Lot 310 Terror of the Vervoids, 1986, Colin Baker as Dr Who.
Spacesuits, white with silver and grey detailing, 4 with padded shoulders (6)
Sold for £150

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