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Props from the creator of Thunderbirds are go-ing under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 16:13 17 September 2018

The Investigator. Photo: IMBD

The Investigator. Photo: IMBD


Two rare film props from Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's 'The Investigator' are to go under the hammer in Essex.

Thunderbirds items under the hammer. Picture: Sworders AuctioneersThunderbirds items under the hammer. Picture: Sworders Auctioneers

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson released the pilot for ‘The Investigator’ in 1973.

It had been shot on location in Malta. Unfortunately it was one of those projects that seemed doomed to failure right from the start and was ultimately abandoned.

The one-sixth size eight wheel car and speedboat, both featured in the pilot, have been on display at the Toy Museum at Stansted Mountfitchet for a number of years.

The models were designed by Reg Hill who created many of the props for Gerry Anderson’s other hits like Stingray and Captain Scarlet, and made by Space Models of Feltham in 1973. The car is fitted with a Honda engine and radio-controlled. The boat has a swivel cannon fitted in the bow and was originally towed for the action sequences.

The Investigator Speedboat. Picture: Sworders AuctioneersThe Investigator Speedboat. Picture: Sworders Auctioneers

Combining live actors with 1/3 normal-size puppets, the plot involved two characters John and Julie - their mission to make the world a better place. Their first mission was to stop the evil Karanti from stealing precious objects from a church.

The characters were voiced by Shane Rimmer and Sylvia Anderson, the voices of Scott Tracey and Lady Penelope from the Thunderbird series. Peter Dyneley who voiced Jeff Tracy read the part of ‘The Investigator’.

Each is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

Sworders’ director and 20th Century Decorative Art and Design Specialist, John Black, said: “There is a huge fan base for Gerry Anderson’s hit series’ ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Stingray’ throughout Europe and as far as Japan. The Investigator sadly never made it on to our TV screens, so these two props are extremely rare. Fans of Anderson would love to get their hands on them.

The Investigator Car. Picture: Sworders AuctioneeersThe Investigator Car. Picture: Sworders Auctioneeers

“Our 20th Century Decorative Art and Design auction showcases a diverse range of iconic designers and artists, including Picasso, Carlo Bugatti and Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson. It has become an established part of our auction calendar, attracting a global audience.”

The two film props are to go under the hammer at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers in Stansted Mountfitchet on October 10.

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