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Do you ever wonder what happened to those amazing props and costumes from your favorite movies? In some cases they’re stored in company vaults, in others they end up in amazing museums we can visit, but sometimes – just sometimes – they are made available to the public to own themselves. And later this month, we fans are getting a chance to own some iconic screen-used props, costumes, and more from Star Wars.
Propstore is hosting a rare, open-to-the-public auction June 21 – 24 in the Los Angeles area with over 1,800 items up for grabs – including 200 lots specific to Star Wars. This includes (but is not limited to) a screen-matched X-wing model from 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, the Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber used by Ewan McGregor in the Prequel trilogy, and even one of Yoda’s hands from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Propstore gave us a preview of this Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction during the recent Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and Popverse's Veronica Valencia and Ashley V. Robinson filmed this video:
“For the first time ever, we are auctioning a screen-matched Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Red Leader X-wing Starfighter Pyrotechnic Model Miniature from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), with a pre-sale estimate of $500,000 – 1,000,000. The model is screen-matched to a memorable shot in the film and photo-matched to multiple behind-the-scenes production shots, providing unquestionable authenticity,” says Propstore chief creative officer Brandon Alinger.
That piece ultimately fetched $2.3 million - over double the estimate - in the first day of the Propstore auction.
"We can’t wait to see this museum-worthy piece along with 1800+ other treasures, go under the hammer in our largest Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction to date from June 21-24.”
What else can you look forward to? Here’s some highlights, with the estimated auction prices from Propstore:
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) hero lightsaber hilt with metal components from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (estimated $80,000 - $120,000)
- A Cantina band member mask from Star Wars: A New Hope, from the Doug Beswick collection (estimated $80,000 - $120,000)
- N.J. Farmer Darth Vader touring costume from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (estimated $80,000 - $120,000)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) dueling lightsaber gilt with green blade from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (estimated $30,000 - $50,000)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) dueling lightsaber hilt and blade from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (estimated $30,000 - $50,000)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) lightsaber hilt with short blade from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (estimated $30,000 - $50,000)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Alec Guinness) home and moisture vaporator model miniatures from Star Wars: A New Hope – Special Edition (estimated $20,000 - $30,000)
- Production-made Imperial Guard helmet from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (estimated $20,000 - $30,000)
- Female Tusken Raider mask from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Estimated $15,000 - $20,000)
- Yoda's (Frank Oz) puppet hand from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (estimated $10,000 - $15,000)
- Hand-drawn (Ralph McQuarrie) Darth Vader leaping concept sketch from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (estimated $12,000 - $16,000)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) rehearsal lightsaber hilt with green blade from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (estimated $6,000 - $8,000)
Another item that jumped out to us on the list is from a pre-Star Wars Lucasfilm film is Harrison Ford’s cowboy hat from 1973’s American Graffiti, where he played Bob Falfa. That piece of movie history is expected to go for $25,000 to $35,000.
Here's a gallery with some of those highlights:
In total, Propstore values the items in June 21 – 24’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction at over $9 million.
For your chance at owning a piece of history, or just watching it go down, you can make plans to visit Propstore’s auction, or follow along online. If you’re interested in placing a bid, you can do so in-person, online, or by phone from anywhere in the world. Registration is open now, and online proxy bids can be submitted at www.propstore.com/liveauction.
The items in Propstore’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction can be viewed virtually, or by appointment, at Propstore’s office facility in Valencia, California. Visit www.propstore.com/liveauction to make an appointment, with opportunities to see the props up close and ask questions of the auction staff.
And I just checked, Propstore is accepting phone calls and online bids from galaxies far, far away as well. If you plan on flying your spaceship to Valencia yourself though, call ahead for parking.