LONDON: Captain Nemo’s six-wheeled Nautilus car from Sean Connery’s adventure movie ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ will be auctioned off on July 11 and is currently valued at an estimated £40,000 to £60,000 (RM240,000 to RM360,000).
The car, measuring 6,623mm-long, 2,800mm-wide and 1,397mm-tall is not road-legal in the UK and is not suitable for conventional road driving, but will go under the hammer of international auctioneer Coys at their Blenheim Palace on July 11.
The auctioneers are reputed for selling film, television and celebrity cars and for the last few years, the car – designed by production designer and art director Carol Spier, has been part of a large collection of movie props and costumes at Prop Store’s UK facility.
“I bought the Nautilus from the film company after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen came out because I loved the car, loved the design and felt it was one of the most emotive vehicles I have ever seen, a true design icon,” said Prop Store founder Stephen Lane
The auction will feature one of the two vehicles – a fully functional and complete vehicle used throughout the film and featured heavily on promotional posters, while the second was rigged with scaffolding for filming the actor’s close-ups.
The vehicle started life as a Land Rover fire tender, adapted via a steel frame with the addition of a Rover V8 engine.
The chassis is covered in an intricate ivory coloured fibreglass shell and features a wealth of elaborate embellishments in an aged gold effect on both the exterior and interior.
The interior is trimmed with faux leather and even features the original Land Rover dials.
The wheels each measure 72cm (28.35 inches) and hidden within the arches are hydraulics to adjust the ride height.
The car retains most of its original functionality and shows signs of wear and evidence of running repairs from on-set use, but is still in running condition.
“We are offering an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire one of the cars that actually appeared in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and which will undoubtedly increase in value in years to come,” said Coys managing partner Chris Routledge.