An archive of more than 1,500 photographs relating to NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions followed the successful February 2017 sale of 22 large color photographs of space, which reached $43,750. Spanning nine binders, the images were compiled from packages sent to the press for distribution. Among other things, they depicted liftoff, astronauts floating in space, earthrise, capsules “rendezvousing,” the dark side of the moon and the lunar surface, including the moonwalk and lunar rover. The suite “took off” past its $12,000 high estimate, finally selling to an institution for $52,500.
Archives related to films performed well, most notably a small archive related to Fritz Lang’s 1927 cult classic Metropolis. The nine images and assorted ephemera documenting the set and subsequent PR reached $10,625, above a high estimate of $4,500. An album with 86 photographs of movie sets on the Warner Brothers Ranch in the 1930s sold for $7,560, far exceeding the high estimate of $2,500. Images included medieval-style fortifications for the shooting of Robin Hood; a Chinese-Mexican Mission; a large jail with barred windows; and a number of generic towns, main street scenes and Southern homes.
Lot 247: Mini-archive related to Fritz Lang’s classic film Metropolis, silver prints, 1927. Sold April 19, 2018 for $10,625.