A large collection of animation artifacts from the personal memorabilia of Raymond Harryhausen, one of the pioneers of stop motion animation, are going on the auction block.
Harryhausen (1920-2013) created amazing puppets for Post-WW2 monster flicks like "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955), "20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957) and "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), which is remembered for its living skeletons.
Harryhausen was a meticulous and thoughtful animator and even developed the film splicing techniques necessary to superimpose his models over live action (called "Dynamation"). He is cited as a major influence on George Lucas, Peter Jackson, John Lasseter and Tim Burton.
John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers is consigning 35 lots of ephemera from Harryhausen's career: concept art for Harryhausen's puppets, a bronze mask from "Clash of the Titans," film cameras used for animation and various plaster casts, including Frankenstein's monster.
Harryhausen, whose career spanned from the making of WW2 propaganda films to (of course) "Clash of the Titans," had such an impact on special effects in film that George Lucas conceded, "Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no 'Star Wars.'"
The auction is now live online, beginning at Lot 901.