Owning an actual piece of the original “Star Wars” trilogy would be a dream come true for any “Star Wars” fan, and thanks to an upcoming auction, some will be lucky enough to do just that. Profiles in History’s Hollywood auction has recently added several items created for the original Star Wars films, including a X-Wing fighter and Yoda’s head!
The X-Wing miniature (pictured above) is an original screen-used prop from “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”. It measures approximately 22 inches long x 18 inches wide. An extremely rare find, it’s apparently the only painted and finished X-Wing Fighter that Profiles in History has ever encountered from the original 1977 film. As such, it’s expected to rein in $80,000 to $120,000.
Next up is another amazing screen-used prop – a full-size Rebel Alliance fighter pilot helmet from “The Empire Strikes Back”! The production helmet has been fully restored to “hero finish and decoration and remains a handsome tribute to a rare artifact from the original trilogy.”
One of the most intriguing background characters from “The Return of the Jedi” were the mysterious Imperial Royal Guards, and one of their helmets has made it into the upcoming auction. The amazing production-made helmet was obtained directly from ILM and is expected to fetch a whopping $40,000 – $60,000. If I had the money, they’d have my bid for sure.
Other items hitting the auction block include one of Luke Skywalker’s stunt lightsabers from “Return of the Jedi,” direct from model-maker Wesley Seeds, and a screen-used Scout Trooper Blaster, complete with production-made holster. However, the item you may be most interested in is Yoda’s aforementioned head.
The head (or skin of the head, really) was originally created by ILM to rebuild the original Yoda for George Lucas, but was rejected due to minor bubbles in the face. Used to cover the internal animatronic mechanisms of the character, it is without a doubt an amazing piece of Star Wars history. As far as price goes it’s surprisingly the cheapest of the bunch, expected to pull in between $4,000 and $6,000.
If you want to learn more about Profiles in History and the upcoming “Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction” head over to their website.