Academy Buys ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Shuttle for $344,000

2001 A Space Odyssey Shuttle
Image courtesy of The Mesulam Group

It looks like the Academy is ramping up its collection for the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, nabbing the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

The Academy bought the model at the Premiere Prop’s Hollywood Extravaganza Auction on Saturday for a sizable $344,000.

The shuttle can be seen at length in a memorable sequence in “2001,” as it transports Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (William Sylvester) from the International Space Station to investigate a monolith that was buried on the crater Clavius by unknown aliens. The model is approximately 32″ high, 27″ wide and 28″ deep with a diameter of 94″.

According to the auction house, the director of the landmark 1968 film, Stanley Kubrick, purposely destroyed most of the props, sets, models and costumes from the movie so that they could not be used for other films. The shuttle, however, survived, with an art teacher acquiring it in 1975 under an agreement that the electronics be removed from the model to demonstrate the technology to his students.

Other items at the auctions included costumes from “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “August: Osage County” and “St. Vincent,” along with hundreds more pieces of memorabilia.

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to open in late 2017, with construction set to start this summer.

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  1. Mike says:

    Wow that is a big chunk of change

  2. paul merrill says:

    For me, the most remarkable and memorable special effects scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey” is when this amazingly-detailed FX miniature, representing the gigantic Aries-1B spacecraft, descends and slowly lands on the elevator platform of the Moon base, with the extended suspension struts slowly compressing and decompressing upon landing….this one awesomely realistic scene still appears to me, five decades later, as STILL the most visually convincing depiction of a far-future human transport spacecraft than anything yet produced by ANY of the major film FX companies….no wonder that it has now been sold for $344,000 !!!….
    But the other equally amazing and detailed spacecraft miniatures of “2001-“….the (very long) Discovery mothership, the Moon Bus, the Pod craft, the Pan Am transport shuttle, the colossal revolving Space Station (a practical, realizable artificial-gravity providing design mistakenly rejected by NASA)….unfortunately were not spared the short-sighted and unnecessary destruction hastily ordered by Kubrick….In hindsight, clearly not one of his strokes of “genius”.

  3. Fred S. Perry says:

    Regardless of what the prop cost or if anyone thinks it is worth it or not, the film was amazing and it more than likely sparked many imaginations, in entertainment and reality. Clarke and Kubrick were geniuses.

  4. Ken says:

    This is a really terrific surprise…I have often read that Kubrick destroyed the models from his 2001. The Aries Lunar Shuttle has always been a visual delight…it looked spectacular on the big Cinerama screen when I first saw it back in 1968. A worthy and important addition to any movie memorabilia exhibition!!

  5. racerxxxx says:

    wow , that is a stupid amount of money for a prop.
    you know you have too much money when you spend like tha

  6. Steve says:

    I think you mean circumference, not diameter.

    • Marq says:

      It’s only a stupid amount if you go into debt to pay for it. If you have the money…it’s your business.
      Only stupid to someone who would be stupid to buy it.

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