Film & TV

The "MU/TH/UR" Of All Alien Props

Julien’s Auctions has the rare opportunity this December to offer the MU/TH/UR 6000 (Mother) computer console used in the Ridley Scott science-fiction horror film Alien, which has been fully restored and made available to the public for the first time in almost twenty years.

January 1, 2024

Julien’s Auctions has the rare opportunity this December to offer the MU/TH/UR 6000 (Mother) computer console used in the Ridley Scott science-fiction horror film Alien, which has been fully restored and made available to the public for the first time in almost twenty years. This console is seen when Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) learns that the crew aboard the Nostromo is expendable as part of “Special Order 937.”

Since production, this piece, along with other key components of the set were exhibited at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Life wasn’t easy for all of the displays at this premiere, as the model of the Space Jockey was set on fire by a group of vandals who claimed the character was the work of the devil. At this point, many of the original props, including this console were removed from exhibition and found their way to other locations. This particular prop was displayed at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry, and later stayed at an Orange County community center before ending up in a private collection.

This incredible set piece was fully restored by the team at Blok4, a process which included sanding and repainting all wooden surfaces, restoring metal surfaces, removing surface oxidation, refinishing seat surfaces, pinstriping the console board, completely rewiring the original console board, and more. The console's keys and metal fixtures have been left in their original condition as seen during the production of the film. The lights present on the console illuminate, and when specific keys/buttons are pressed, the lights alternate.

Other terrifyingly-cool items on offer include an Alien 2003 Director’s Cut film poster signed by Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), John Hurt (Kane), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), and Sigourney Weaver (Ripley), and Ian Holm (Ash), an original Carlo Rambaldi designed Alien Xenomorph costume effects illustration, and a Xenomorph special effects head prop from Aliens.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on this impressive prop and other items coming up in Julien’s Auctions Robots, Wizards, Heroes, & Aliens: Contemporary Hollywood Auction, Part I & II, taking place December 14th and 15th live and online.

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