• Gary Miceli

COSTUMES: Planet of the apes 1968 - Gorilla

Planet Of The Apes (1968) has one of the most unique film ideas of all time. So interesting that it keeps on expanding and Hollywood keeps making more of them! What was so great about the original was, there was no CGI or Green Screen. The make-up, the props, the costumes, just everything had so much creativity in it. All the items from this movie are getting more and more valuable.  

On 9/20/2018, Propstore of London auctioned off A gorilla costume display with club and rifle from the Sci-Fi Classic.  This costume is absolutely gorgeous, this is a piece of that great time in film history where they made literally everything. Nothing was blue screen/green screen. Everything you can actually hold and interact with!

The dark brown vest is made of vinyl and has ribbed piping detail. It closes at the front via hidden snapping buttons and is worn over a purple canvas shirt, which matches a pair of purple canvas trousers. The costume also includes a pair of gloves and a pair of leather boots, which each have an ape-foot shaped toe box. Each article of clothing has a Western Costume tag sewn in. Costume tags on the trousers are marked for stunt performer Ron Stein, while the shirt is marked for actress Erlynn Mary Botelho. The costume also comes with an original wooden club and an original rifle shell. The club attaches to a canvas bandolier via a clip. The rifle shell is an original piece, originally created for 1970 sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and has an original leather strap. Made of metal, the shell is hand-painted with details that mimic wood grain and was designed to fit over an actual blank-firing rifle during the production.

Dimensions (display): 66 cm x 35.5 cm x 167.5 cm (26” x 14” x 66”);

(rifle): 89 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm (35” x 5” x 2”);

(club): 6.5 cm x 6.5 cm x 37 cm (2 ½” x 2 ½” x 14 ½”)


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