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Academy Adds '2001' Shuttle Model From Kubrick Film to Museum Inventory

By    |   Monday, 30 Mar 2015 09:37 AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put up $344,000 over the weekend to purchase a model of the space shuttle used in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey."

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Aries 1B Trans-Lunar model — one of the few that still exists from the iconic 1968 movie — will be part of the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, expected to open in 2017.

An art teacher in Hertfordshire, England, previously owned the model and kept it in his studio for more than 40 years. The Times said that "2001" director Stanley Kubrick destroyed virtually all the other props and models from the film to prevent them from being used in other movies.

"This model survived because it was given in the 1970s to an art teacher under an agreement to remove the electronics from the shuttle and teach about the technology to his students," Deadline.com reported. "The Academy is clearly hitting the auction trail to find some of these gems, even as they continue raising money to build the museum, which is targeted to open in late 2017."

The Academy picked up the "2001" model Saturday at Premiere Prop's Hollywood Extravaganza Auction, Indiewire.com reported.

"Anyone who had the pleasure to see the Kubrick exhibit will know that some props from the movie survived the very secretive Kubrick," the site noted. "However, a few pieces miraculously escaped destruction, making them astronomically valuable and of massive historical significance."

"This SFX model Pan Am Nuclear Powered Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Spherical Space Shuttle transports Dr. Heywood R. Floyd, from the International Space Station to the Moon to investigate a monolith that was deliberately buried on the crater Clavius by unknown aliens."

"2001: A Space Odyssey" made $56.9 million over its lifetime since its original release in 1968, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and Kubrick was nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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