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Captain Ochre puppet head, screen used in the 1967 series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons – £19,000 at Ewbank’s.

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Cleared from Bray Studios in Berkshire after Anderson’s production company wrapped up its final series of Terrahawks in the mid-1980s, the archive came to light after more than 30 years. Many of the items were linked to Terrahawks, but Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds and other hit programmes from the Anderson stable were represented.

Production puppets, models of aircraft and other machinery, sets, Anderson’s personally annotated scripts and even storyboards for a series of Thunderbirds that was never filmed were included in the consignment that had become the property of Julian Bell, a driver and handyman at the studios.

He had cleared the studio on the instructions of a senior director acting under Anderson’s authority because they had no storage facilities for it.

We can buy heroes (just on sale day)

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Hawkwing, used in various filming scenes throughout the Terrahawks series – £12,000 at Ewbank’s.

As expected, what are known as the ‘Hero Craft’ from Terrahawks achieved many of the highest prices at the Ewbank's sale on November 30.

The Hawkwing, estimated at £3000-5000, soared to £12,000. However, the top price came for a mechanical Captain Ochre puppet head used in the original 1960s series of Captain Scarlet. It had been expected to fetch £5000-8000 but took £19,000.

Just two of the 243 lots failed to sell.