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    Sale 5425

    Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia

    4 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 124

    Batman, 1989

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    Batman, 1989
    A rare detailed 1/12th scale model of the Batwing made for filming close-up shots in the 1989 Warner Bros. production of Batman and given to the vendor by Derek Meddings; the model designed by Anton Furst and built by Visual Effects Supervisor Derek Meddings, moulded from g.r.p. finished in metallic gun-metal grey, with celluloid cockpit with composition figure of Batman, various armaments including rockets, two Gatling guns and lasers [restored overall], wing-span -- 27½in (70cm.), mounted on a wooden plinth in custom-made display case; with a copy of a corresponding blueprint drawing Batwing, scale: 1" to 1'.0" & Full Size for th Model detailing various revisions -- 33x88½in (84x225cm.); accompanied by a letter from Chris Kenny on Warner Bros. headed stationery, dated August 1989, concerning the provenance and still from the film (4)

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    As discussed in Derek Meddings article in Cinefex February 1990, it is thought there were three different sized scaled models made of the Batwing for use during filming, which included a 1/4 scale model which was about 10ft long for close ups and with automated parts, a 6in. model -- 1/46th scale-- for action shots and a principal 1/12 scale model such as the one in this lot, which is believed to be the one used to crash onto the Cathedral steps.
    The Batwing appears in one scene in Batman, to thwart the Joker's plans to poison the whole of Gotham City during a street parade. The Joker and his Goons lure the naïve city dwellers by throwing dollar bills from their float to the awaiting crowds. Unbeknown to them, gas cylinders attached to the large colourful hotari balloons above the Joker's float begin to emit a deadly green gas. Batman who has been circling above in the Batwing, then swoops down through the narrow cityscape capturing the docking wires with electronic pincers which extend from the nose of the Batwing, enabling Batman to drag the balloons away from Gotham, much to the Joker's distress.
    During this tense action sequence a 1/12th scale model is seen when the Batwing descends and targets the Joker before being shot down and crashing onto the Cathedral steps.

    According to Chris Kenny this model was given to him in six pieces by Derek Meddings himself once filming had wrapped. It has since been carefully restored by the crew that originally made it.

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    MARRIOTT, John Batman, The Official Book of The Movie, London: Hamlyn, 1989 (pp.62-63)
    MEDDINGS, Derek, article published in Cinefex Issue No. 41, February 1990

    Post Lot Text

    © Warner Bros. 1989