Before settling on the iconic all-black design we know, fear, and love, Alien director Ridley Scott and Xenomorph designer H.R. Giger first played around with the idea of an eerily translucent villain, a prototype concept that was brought to life by Giger but ultimately unused in the film. (That suit did, however, spawn an action figure from NECA many years later!)
Today we’ve learned that Giger’s prototype Xenomorph suit has been found and it’s soon going to auction, being offered up by Julien’s Auctions Hollywood later this month.
Julien’s upcoming “Hollywood Sci-fi, Action, Fantasy and More” auction is their largest to date, loaded with over 800 items from some of the most iconic pop culture properties of all time.
And yes, Giger’s never-before-seen original “Big Chap” prototype costume will be exhibited as part of the auction for the very first time, and then subsequently put up for grabs.
The press release explains, “This spring, Julien’s Auctions, will offer some of the most iconic pop culture relics of all time to the public and collectors with their HOLLYWOOD SCI-FI, ACTION, FANTASY AND MORE AUCTION, part of the world-record breaking auction house to the stars’ blockbuster Hollywood memorabilia event of the year. The two-day auction kicks off with their HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS & LUMINARIES AUCTION featuring property related to glamourous movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era including Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, and Greta Garbo up to the modern era. The auctions will take place on Wednesday, April 28th & Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com.”
“Among the marquee highlights of this event will be the rising of an extremely rare and mysterious full-size prototype Xenomorph costume designed by the Academy Award-winning and revered surrealist artist and sculptor, H.R. Giger from the 1979 seminal sci-fi horror classic, Alien. Long believed to have been lost and destroyed, this original translucent prototype (known as “Big Chap”) for the terrifying creature character was created for consideration by the film’s celebrated director Ridley Scott during the early stages of the film’s pre-production. Comprehensive lighting and camera tests were conducted by the pre-production team to demonstrate the potential; however, the non-translucent costume was the final result and the character development with Giger would go on to spawn one of Hollywood’s most legendary horror icons ever to come on screen. This extraordinary costume is now considered the rarest and most elusive artifact from the blockbuster film franchise and has a conservative estimate of $40,000 – $60,000.”
“This rare and mysterious artifact from the Alien movie mythology is as much a piece of fine modern surrealist art, as it is a piece of Hollywood history” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director and CFO of Julien’s Auctions. “It is a miracle that H.R. Giger’s designed and sculpted Alien translucent costume prototype survived. Julien’s Auctions is honored to erect this legendary piece in a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at our gallery in Beverly Hills for Alien and Giger fans and collectors before its sale at auction for the first time.”
Julien’s Auctions is located in Beverly Hills, California. Here’s the full event rundown…
Exhibition: Monday, April 26th – Thursday, April 29th, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the public
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Hollywood Legends & Luminaries Auction
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session II: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Hollywood Sci-Fi, Action, Fantasy and More Auction
Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Session III: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session IV: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Head over to JuliensAuctions.com to preview the entire collection and learn more!