H.R. Giger's Alien Space Jockey model going on the auction block

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Oct 26, 2017

One of H.R. Giger's most iconic creations can be yours — for a price. Nate D. Danders Auctions has put the late Swiss painter's model of the Space Jockey, the giant alien astronaut who featured prominently in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien, up for auction.

While we still don’t exactly know how the Space Jockey came to his demise on LV-426, his mysterious origins, of course, inspired the director to delve back into the franchise three decades later with 2013's Prometheus and last summer's Alien: Covenant.

According to the catalog, the 3 x 3 sculpture features the Space Jockey and Derelict Spaceship that served as the model for the 26-foot tall set that Scott used as a backdrop for the scene where Kane, Dallas and Lambert explore the massive spacecraft whose emergency beacon the Nostromo homed in on.

And what they found is now part of cinema lore.

But it was Giger, the artist best known for combining humans and machines together in surreal designs dubbed biomechanoids, replete with creepy vertebra-like architecture, who truly defined the look of the Alien movies more than anybody else (and won an Oscar for it).

When the Nostromo crew first discovers him, the Space Jockey is strangely welded in typical Gigerian fashion to the pilot seat he's sitting in. And as the lot duly notes, he wears "either a mask, or has an elephantine trunk extending from his face… his rib cage blasted open."

For anyone seeing Alien for the first time that image was but a prelude to the terrifying series of events that would befall Sigourney Weaver and her gang later on.

And the question of who the Space Jockey was and where he came from was partly answered in Prometheus when Dr. Elizabeth Shaw discovers a race of Engineers who weaponized a black goo that eventually became the acid-for-blood alien creatures.

The model which was handpainted by Giger himself, is said to be one of only three or four in existence and hails from the collection of Peter Beale, a former 20th Century Fox executive who received it from Giger as a gift.

As for how much it will go for? Better get your checkbooks out.  The minimum bid starts at $100,000 and the auction ends today at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.