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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

C-3PO's head and Darth Vader's helmet go under the hammer

More than 600 lots of movie props and memorabilia worth Dh14.2 million will be auctioned in London

The Darth Vader helmet used for the film’s promotional tour is valued at GBP30,000 to 50,000. Courtesy Prop Store.
The Darth Vader helmet used for the film’s promotional tour is valued at GBP30,000 to 50,000. Courtesy Prop Store.

Snowtrooper helmets, the mask of Darth Vader and the head of the robot C-3PO are among 80 props from the Star Wars franchise to be auctioned in London on September 26.

More than 600 lots worth Dh14.2 million from Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction will go under the hammer.

Collectors will have the opportunity to acquire a model of the small, maneuverable Y-wing spacecraft. The miniature Y-wing model from Return of the Jedi was used to film the decisive Galatic battle where smuggler-turned-rebel leader Lando Calrissian leads the rebel fleet against the Empire to destroy the Death Star II. It is expected to fetch £100,000 to 200,000.

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Three coveted pieces from the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back will go under the hammer: the special effects head of the robot C-3PO, valued between £60,000 to 80,000, an Empireflex VistaVision camera, valued at £200,000 to 300,000, and a Darth Vader helmet used for the film’s promotional tour, valued at £30,000 to 50,000.

For collectors with a tighter budget, a Snowtrooper helmet from the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is expected to sell for £20,000 to 30,000. The white snowtrooper helmets were designed to protect cold weather assault stormtroopers from icy glare and snow blindness.

The public can see memorabilia up close at a free exhibition of more than 300 items at the BFI Imax movie theatre, near Waterloo station. It runs from 10am to 9.30pm, between September 7 to 26.

The auction is at noon on September 26. Registration and online bidding is already open at www.propstore.com/liveauction. Bids can be be placed online, by phone or in person. The auction will be live streamed.

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