And its The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! The new and still under construction Academy Museum will be hosting the iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey: the Aries 1B model. It sold for $ 344,000 (After BP)
Most of the props, sets, costumes and models for this landmark 1968 film were purposely destroyed by director Stanley Kubrick in order to keep them from being used in other movies. This one was one of the few items that survived and was originally owned in the 70’s by a public school art teacher who was given the lunar model with the agreement the electronics from the shuttle be removed to teach this technology to his students.
The shuttle model came with a detailed Letter of Provenience from the English collector, a local school teacher from Kubrick’s long-time residence of Hertfordshire, England, who originally obtained it in 1975 and stored the Space Shuttle for over 40 years at his personal studio.
Watch the video describing the piece and the actual auction:
This means that the Academy Museum could be a potential buyer in any future auction for iconic pieces.