Updated: March 27, 2005
PLANET OF THE APES ORIGINAL PROD MUTANT SCULPTURE
John Chambers prototype mutant bust maquette sculpture
from Beneath the Planet of the Apes. (TCF, 1970) In 1969,
fresh from his Oscar-winning creation of the famed simians of
Planet of the Apes, legendary makeup artist John Chambers was
presented with an even greater challenge: to design the race
of hyper-intelligent telepathic mutant humans who ruled
Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The arduous process took
several unusual turns - from weird combinations of human and
animal forms to some distinctly Outer Limits-style aliens -
before director Ted Post successfully argued that the Mutants
should appear like the stripped anatomical specimens depicted
in Gray's anatomy.
Acclaimed makeup artist Rob Bottin (The Thing) has stated that
the Mutant makeups were among the most brilliant of Chambers'
creations - and indeed they were a huge influence on a whole
generation of makeup artists who followed. To our knowledge,
this is the only one of John Chambers' hand sculpted clay
maquette concepts - from Planet of the Apes or any other film
- to ever be offered for sale. This one-of-a-kind,
hand-crafted and hand-painted clay sculpture - found amazingly
in near mint condition - is as close to the master's original
work as one is ever likely to see, and represents a truly
remarkable evolutionary step in one of John Chambers'
greatest, most enduring and influential makeup designs.
(*) Photos & info courtsey of Profiles in History!
Value: $1,500 - $2,500