George Lucas’s American epic space saga created back in 1977, Star Wars has had a significant effect on modern popular culture; it’s a phenomenon that has made science fiction films a blockbuster genre. The six-film Star Wars series has spawned the world’s most popularly known media franchise outside the film series called the Expanded Universe. And, this has resulted in a whole variety of Star Wars memorabilia which is highly sought-after among its fans and collectors alike. Every now and then, something related to the Star Wars comes on the auction block, including the rare Star Wars movie posters, custom Stormtrooper Star Wars bicycle, Star Wars R2-D2 home theater, the R2-D2 DVD projector, and the solid gold Star Wars figurines. And now in Dec. 16th sale entitled Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction, the collectors will get an opportunity to grab an original X-Wing Fighter filming miniature that was used in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A new Hope, which was the very first Star Wars film, along with Luke Skywalker’s stunt lightsaber from Return of the Jedi. Notably, this sale is being offered in times when Star Wars franchise is in news, as Disney’s announced its plans to buy Star Wars maker ‘Lucasfilm’ for $4 billion.
Speaking about the X-Wing Fighter filming miniature, this masterpiece is expected to garner as much as $80,000-$120,000, to become one of the most valuable lots of the sale, leading an extraordinary memorabilia collection spanning all the 6-films in the series.
Having been part of the collection of a multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor’, the consigned piece which is said to be one of the earliest miniatures built for the film, comes with impeccable provenance.
Also featuring is the Luke Skywalker’s stunt lightsaber (pictured above), which is a production-made, cast resin model, used during the filming of Episode VI – return of the Jedi. It’s consigned from the estate of model maker Wesley Seeds, who worked on the film, and is expected to garner $30,000-$50,000.
Another notable item is the production-made helmet used by the mysterious Imperial Royal Guards in Star Wars: Episode VI- Return of the Jedi, which was obtained directly from ILM and is expected to fetch as much as $40,000 - $60,000.
Other items on sale includes the Yoda's head, a full-size Rebel Alliance fighter pilot helmet from "The Empire Strikes Back", and Yoda's aforementioned head, to name a few.
Via: Profiles in History