Updated: July 14, 2005
PLANET OF THE APES ORIGINAL GORILLA COSTUME #03
Background gorilla costume and display from Planet of the Apes. (TCF, 1968)
This costume and display features a complete original background costume
from Planet of the Apes, with background vest, tunic, pants, and gauntlet
gloves. The boots and gun are not original, but exact replicas produced to
complete the display. Most notably, the mask is a John Chambers original
screen-used background mask, very rare to have survived and highly sought
by knowledgeable POA collectors.
The prosthetics-grade eyes are set back in the mask, and the entire piece is
designed to look like a typical background gorilla - essentially, an actor
in a quickly-assembled costume for use in some of the long shots in the
film. Many of the background gorillas are also visible in the foreground in
A great costume, true to its "background" origins, with an original
(*) Photos & info courtsey of Profiles in History!
Value: $10,000 - $12,000