Sold for £3,600
Estimated at £800 - £1,200
JOE 90 PROP PIANO (Width : 20", Height: 21" when opened, 13.5" when closed, Length : 30.5") screen matched - see images - together with a Joe 90 annual featuring the piano. PROVENANCE: Simon (Archer) had been commissioned by Gerry Anderson to write the official biography of his life and was introduced to members of his production team including Christine Glanville, Chief Puppeteer in order to carry out research for the book. They struck up a good friendship and on one occasion while visiting her house, she showed him various props she kept in her attic including a miniature grand piano. Simon showed an interest in it and much to his surprise, she gave it to him. After Simon’s death, his family was introduced to Christine by Mary Anderson and she visited the family home on several occasions, and was happy for them to keep the piano which Simon's family had become quite attached to as it was a reminder of him. The piano was borrowed on two occasions and taken to Blackpool by Christine and Mary as part of an exhibition of props from the TV shows. The piano was originally made for an episode of Joe 90 (International Concerto), but for the exhibitions it was Lady Penelope who got to sit at the piano and take centre stage. The piano has remained in the family's possession since this time, and is now being offered as part of the Simon Archer collection. (3 in lot - piano, stool and annual)
The Simon Archer Collection Lots 517 - 555
Lots 517 to 555 form part 2 of The Simon Archer Collection of Gerry Anderson memorabilia; Simon Archer was a professional journalist with an interest in Gerry Anderson's work - following Simon's work on the 1990's Century 21 magazine and his 'FAB Facts' book looking at 'Thunderbirds' behind the scenes, Simon was commissioned by Gerry Anderson to write his official biography. Simon amassed a huge collection of Anderson memorabilia during his lifetime including toys, comics, photographs, negatives, transparencies, story boards and props, and a significant portion of the collection was used for display purposes during Gerry Anderson's live tours and appearances during the 1990s. Following Simon's untimely death in 1993 whilst driving to visit the Andersons, his personal collection of memorabilia has been in storage with his family. They have now decided the time is right to offer the collection for sale.