On Nov. 2, Prop Store kicks off an online no-reserve auction of Rick Baker’s creations from throughout his 30-year career. More than 400 lots of puppets, masks, make-up pieces and maquettes will be for sale.
Make-Up Artist magazine got a preview of some of the items available for auction, as well as detailed descriptions:
The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
An Ernie panda face from Christopher Cain’s The Amazing Panda Adventure. This head was likely created when designing the look of the film’s star animal. The head is made of a plaster shell that has been fully dressed with glued hair and painted features to appear lifelike. A metal rod is attached in the back of the hollowed head. The piece shows light wear but remains in good condition. Dimensions: 10” x 8” x 7” (25 cm x 20 cm x 18 cm)
Planet Of The Apes (2001)
An orangutan mask from Tim Burton’s sci-fi remake Planet of the Apes. The mask is made of a slip latex skin and is fully painted and features brown and red hair. This piece is offered on an original wooden stand and Styrofoam head and features production labels for Pirela, along with a production card reading “(O) C-4.” The mask shows light wear, but remains in otherwise good condition. Dimensions: 9” x 9” x 14” (23 cm x 23 cm x 36 cm)
The Wolfman (2010)
A Sir Talbot werewolf mask, neck, teeth, hands lot from Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman. This piece is made of slip latex and has been painted throughout with various shades of brown. Brown and gray hair is hand punched around the face and ears to achieve the animalistic feel. The mask is offered on foam head form and its original wooden stand. A latex chin and lower teeth piece and a separate top row of foam-latex teeth are fully painted to match. The foam-latex neck piece is painted as well and features power netting inside for stability. A pair of painted, slip-latex gloves completes the lot. The neck piece has suffered significant damage but remains in overall good condition. Dimensions: 9” x 9” x 14” (23 cm x 23 cm x 36 cm), 14” x 12” x 6” (36 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
A zombie costume from Rob Minkoff’s The Haunted Mansion. This complete costume consists of a black spandex undersuit, an outer spandex suit, gloves, shoes, balaclava, and mask. The outer suit is decorated with foam latex bone pieces that have been glued, sewn, or otherwise attached to the suit. A plate of bone pieces across the back attach via hidden snaps and hide the zipper. A front crotch zipper is hidden by fabric as well. An array of tattered clothing, plastic vines, and moss accents add to the piece’s exhumed visual. The black shoes and gloves feature similar latex and foam bone pieces as well as paint and cloth accents. The balaclava is worn beneath the mask to hide the performer’s features. The mask is offered on its original Styrofoam head and wood stand. The costume components remain in good condition. Dressed height: 74” (188 cm)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
A George Gremlin head maquette from Joe Dante’s horror comedy Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Rick Baker’s art team sculpted this clay maquette for approval by both Baker and Dante. This design closely resembles the final version of George seen in the film. The maquette still displays several hash marks leftover from the sculpting process. The maquette is mounted on a steel pipe that is screwed into a wooden board. The item has sustained damage, most notably the loss of the right ear, but remains in otherwise good condition. Dimensions: 7” x 8” x 14” (18 cm x 20 cm x 36 cm)
A Lenny telemetry puppet rig from Joe Dante’s horror comedy Gremlins 2: The New Batch. This Lenny puppet was used for more intricate movements during production and was operated by multiple puppeteers. One puppeteer would control Lenny’s arms using two control arms, while another puppeteer would operate his neck using joystick controls. Lenny’s facial expressions were computer controlled.
Men In Black II (2002)
A Tourist Mom (Denise Cheshire) head skin from Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black II. The head is created from foam latex with power netting for support. The piece is fully painted in shades of green, beige, and pink. The head is offered on an original biscuit foam form intended to keep the skin’s form. An original production tag included with the lot notes the demolding date as 6/28/01. This piece shows minor wear and discoloration due to age but remains in good condition. Dimensions: 17” x 12” x 16” (43 cm x 30 cm x 41 cm)
A resin worm guy body from Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black II. This body was made during the production of the worm guy puppets seen throughout the film. The worm guy is made of molded, light yellow resin and is mounted to a wooden stand. Arms were never attached to the figure, which also still shows its mold seam and bits of flash throughout. The body remains in good condition. Dimensions: 10” x 20” x 41” (25 cm x 51 cm x 124 cm)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
A hand-painted Grinch concept from Ron Howard’s family comedy How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The artwork depicts an early design for the title character as illustrated by concept artist Carlos Huante. Markedly different from the final version, this image is a radical departure from the storybook drawings and depicts the Grinch smoking and holding a deranged looking Max the dog. This painting, done on sketch paper, is created using a mixture of ink, pastels, acrylic paint, and airbrushing. This artwork remains in good condition. Dimensions: 17” x 11” (43 cm x 28 cm
All photos courtesy of Prop Store
The Rick Baker: Monster Maker Online Auction begins at 9:00 a.m. PST on Nov. 2 and ends at 3:49 p.m. PST on Nov. 13.