Updated: September 06, 2006
ORIGINAL ALIEN LIGHTING FIXTURE
Lost in Space / Irwin Allen Original Alien Lighting Fixture,
Set Dressing Rare, Bizarre!
Used in numerous Irwin Allen Productions found at the famous
"Secret Ranch" measures 9 1/2" wide by 25" tall by 5" deep.
Comes with a hand-signed COA/LOA from The Museum of Science
Fiction and Fantasy the single largest discovery of original
production-used memorabilia from the classic Irwin Allen
Television programs: Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of
the Sea, Land of the Giants, and Time Tunnel occured in 1993
at the now legendary "Secret Ranch" in Redlands, California.
"The Secret Ranch" was owned by a Rancher & Antique collector,
who spent a great deal of time going to the infamous 20th
Century Fox "Lot Auctions" and "Back lot Sales" in the early
1970's. He would purchase and transport truckload after truckload
of original props, miniatures, set pieces, set dressing and
full-size vehicles 100 miles outside of Los Angeles, and store
them in a series of 75 foot long barns.
Here the 10 foot Jupiter-2, sections of the miniature city
from City Beneath the Sea, and many other Irwin Allen pieces
were discovered as well as numerous production artifacts from
other Fox feature films, such as potions of Ape City from
Planet of the Apes, miniatures from Tora Tora Tora, the
Titanic miniature from A Night to Remember, a full size Train
Locomotive set piece from Von Ryan's Express, and John Wayne's
ship (a 42 foot Battleship miniature) from In Harm's Way, just
to name a few. Sadly many of these pieces were left standing
in the rain with no covering, and in leaky-roofed barns
exposed to the elements for well over 2 decades.
The Secret Ranch got it's name from the fact that it's location
and inventory was a closely guarded secret by only a few, rival
Los Angeles based Memorabilia collectors.
It is an un-identified and un-researched piece of Alien set dressing
that is obviously from the world of Irwin Allen, and was no doubt
utilized in numerous Irwin Allen Television productions.
If you have ever wondered where the majority of Irwin Allen set
dressing pieces (Seaview Control panels, Planet of the Apes Furniture
etc.) that appeared on the Hollywood Memorabilia collectors market in
the 1990's came from? In most cases they were discovered at The Secret
The 40 year old Alien light fixture was constructed out of plywood and
painted metallic silver by 20th Century Fox Studios Crew members, who
worked in Irwin Allen's talented Art Department. The Bubble surfaced
face of the piece was created with a vacuu-form panel. It was back-lit
on set, with a standard house bulb light fixture.
A qualified, licensed electrician should be consulted regarding the
lighting of the piece, as it was designed and built only to be used as
set dressing on set. However, as you can see by the following photos
depicted below, there does appear to be adequate enough internal space
to use a low-wattage bulb for illumination.
The piece does show signs of it's 4 decade old age, as you can see in
the following photos.
This item is accompanied with a hand-signed LOA/COA from the proposed
Museum of Science Fiction and Fantasy,which curated the contents of
The Secret Ranch and along with Planet Hollywood, saved hundreds of
un-identified original Hollywood production artifacts from being
discarded and/or destroyed.