News story of the month: Doctor Who Dalek from BBC Archives sells for £20,400 (20-May-11)

20 May 2011
imports_CCGB_bbc-daleks_47403.jpg News story of the month: Doctor Who Dalek from BBC Archives sells for £20,400 (20-May-11)
An Imperial Dalek (Mk 1) from the BBC's Doctor Who series sold for £20,400 at a special sale at Bonhams' Knightsbridge auction house. ...

Doctor Who fans from all over the world had their bids ready as a selection of screen-used props and costumes from the BBC’s Doctor Who Archives went under the hammer at a special sale at Bonhams’ Knightsbridge auction house.

A huge collection of one-off items from the modern and classic shows, as well as spin-off series such as ‘Torchwood’, were on offer, presenting collectors with a rare chance to get their own slice of Doctor Who magic.

Items in the sale ranged from a prop speaker, as seen in the 2008 Christmas special ‘The Runaway Bride’, which sold for only £43, including buyer’s premium, to a complete Martha Jones costume, as worn by Freema Agyeman, which sold for £1,320, inclusive of buyer’s premium. 

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However, it was the Doctor’s arch enemies that once again proved to be the must-have items with collectors. A complete Cyberman costume, as seen in ‘The Five Doctors’ (November 1983) and ‘Silver Nemesis’ (November 1988) made £9,600, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

The top performer of the sale was an Imperial Dalek (Mk 1), which sold for £20,400, including buyer’s premium. This was closely followed by a Mark II Imperial Dalek, as seen in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ from 1988, which achieved £15,600 with buyer’s premium.

This auction story was first published in the June issue of Collectors Gazette. To see which issues of Collectors Gazette are available to buy online, click here.