Original Star Wars props + costumes bring record $ at Hollywood auction

Profiles In History, the prestige auction house featured on Syfy's Hollywood Treasure TV show, just wrapped its spectacular Hollywood Auction #74 last Thursday, and the bidding was fast and furious on a feast of geeky gold. More than 1,900 individual lots went on the block, representing nearly 100 years of Tinseltown history, including archival concept art, original screenplays, personal letters, autographed Golden Age photos, rare costumes, sci-fi spaceship miniatures, posters, books, legendary movie cameras, screen-used pistols, rayguns and lasers, and even an authentic Willy Wonka Golden Ticket and a Shatner hairpiece from Star Trek: TOS.

Amid some of the more coveted, nerd-oriented Star Wars items available were Princess Leia's slave bikini, an actual filming miniature of the famous Rebel Blockade Runner, the first spaceship seen in Star Wars' opening, a screen-used Rebel Fleet Trooper helmet, an actual Rebel Guard jacket, George Lucas' hand-annotated script page, a studio VistaVision movie camera used for the high-speed miniature shots, a Jabba the Hutt maquette, a Darth Vader production mask, a Death Star Turbolaser, a Sarlacc tooth from Return of The Jedi, and more.


The Rebel Blockade Runner's hammer price weighed in at a whopping $450,000, the most ever paid for a Star Wars artifact at auction in history!  All total, Profile's Hollywood Auction #74 hauled in a hefty $7.3 million after the smoke cleared.

While my meager budget didn't allow for any online or telephone bidding as I drooled over the pages of my $50 auction catalog, it's fascinating to read through each item description and learn the background and official uses of these desirable collectibles.   Fans, dealers and collectors worldwide participated in the three-day event, which ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Profiles In History's offices in Southern California.

Here are some of the prices realized for this wealth of Star Wars treasure, including the 20 percent buyers' premium tacked on afterward.  Have a look at our gallery below with the full comfort of knowing your wallets are safe, and tell us if you would've cracked open the kids' piggy bank to bid on any of these one-of-a-kind lots.  


And don't worry, I won't leave you hanging on the Wonka Ticket or Captain Kirk's blond rug ... they sold for $2,500 and $2,700, respectively.  Thanks to the folks at Profiles In History for all photos.

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