Cosmonaut Boris’ (Jim Dowdall) Spacesuit
Categories: Costume, Movie Props
Date Sold: 22/08/1970
Cosmonaut Boris’ (Jim Dowdall) spacesuit from Richard Lester’s superhero sequel Superman II. Boris wore his spacesuit on the moon as the Artemis II’s crew was attacked by General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O’Halloran).
The spacesuit is made of cotton, with a reflective plastic film and a metal helmet neck ring. It features six knobs with missing dials, four metal panels fixed to the arms and legs, two white patches, and a red, white and blue Soviet patch. The costume has open slots at either side of the waist and a zip-up back.
It shows signs of wear from aging. The reflective film is peeling from the suit, and the neck ring has broken away. The patches have been moved from the shoulders to the chest, while the Soviet patch has fallen off entirely, leaving glue residue on the right arm from alterations (it was previously situated on the left shoulder). There are also strips of glue residue where the gloves and boots were fastened.
£1,500 – 2,500