Rare Star Wars Props Are Now Up For Auction
May 25 marked the 45th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), and fans across the globe are taking the opportunity to celebrate the sci-fi franchise. If you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to burn, you can express your fandom by bidding on one of the rare pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that are up for auction until Friday, June 24.
The Propstore in Los Angeles is selling more than a dozen props and costumes from Star Wars as part of its largest entertainment memorabilia live auction to date. One of the most highly anticipated items in the catalogue, an X-wing model that's been screen-matched with a miniature from A New Hope, has already attracted high bidders. The prop sold for a record-breaking $2.4 million earlier this week—the highest price ever paid for a model miniature from Star Wars.
Bidders also shelled out large sums of cash for the lightsabers wielded by Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi. The hero lightsaber hilt with metal components from Revenge of the Sith (2005) sold for $85,000, while the dueling lightsaber hilt and blades from The Phantom Menace (1999) sold for $100,000. Other hot-ticket items include a Cantina band member mask from A New Hope, an Imperial guard helmet from Return of the Jedi (1983), and Yoda's puppet hand from The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
Collectors can place bids by phone or online as the live auction takes place in California from June 21-24. You can register to bid and view the catalogue—which also includes memorabilia from Aliens (1986), Back to the Future (1985), Blade Runner (1982), and more—on the Propstore's website.