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Darth Vader's original Star Wars helmet to go up for auction

United States, Calabasas
September 11, 2019 at 10:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

An original Darth Vader helmet, mask and set of shoulder armour from the Star Wars movie 'The Empire Strikes Back' was on display in Calabasas, California, on Tuesday ahead of its expected sale at a high-profile auction.

''We are expecting bids from all over the world for the helmet," explained Brian Chanes, Head of Consignments and Acquisitions of the auction house Profiles in History. He added that price estimates range from $250,000-450,000 (€227,000-408,000) for the helmet alone, with the shoulder armour potentially fetching $60,000-80,000 (€54,000-73,000).

The importance of the piece for fans and the rareness of the item itself add to the expected price. Chanes described the lot as "exceedingly rare," with "only a handful [being] known to exist in private hands."

The 1980 movie was the second instalment of the first Star Wars trilogy, a franchise which has enjoyed notable success since it launched in 1977.

The item will be available at the 'Icons and Legends of Hollywood' auction. The event also features items such as 'Dorothy's' dress from 'The Wizard of Oz', a dress worn by Kate Winslet in 'Titanic' and an original set of Daniel Radcliffe's famous round glasses from 'Harry Potter.'

The auction is set to take place on September 25 and 26 and is reportedly expected to fetch more than $10 million (€9 million).

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An original Darth Vader helmet, mask and set of shoulder armour from the Star Wars movie 'The Empire Strikes Back' was on display in Calabasas, California, on Tuesday ahead of its expected sale at a high-profile auction.

''We are expecting bids from all over the world for the helmet," explained Brian Chanes, Head of Consignments and Acquisitions of the auction house Profiles in History. He added that price estimates range from $250,000-450,000 (€227,000-408,000) for the helmet alone, with the shoulder armour potentially fetching $60,000-80,000 (€54,000-73,000).

The importance of the piece for fans and the rareness of the item itself add to the expected price. Chanes described the lot as "exceedingly rare," with "only a handful [being] known to exist in private hands."

The 1980 movie was the second instalment of the first Star Wars trilogy, a franchise which has enjoyed notable success since it launched in 1977.

The item will be available at the 'Icons and Legends of Hollywood' auction. The event also features items such as 'Dorothy's' dress from 'The Wizard of Oz', a dress worn by Kate Winslet in 'Titanic' and an original set of Daniel Radcliffe's famous round glasses from 'Harry Potter.'

The auction is set to take place on September 25 and 26 and is reportedly expected to fetch more than $10 million (€9 million).

M/S Original Darth Vader helmet from 'The Empire Strikes Back', Calabasas

C/U Front part of helmet

C/U Darth Vader's shoulder armour

M/S Head of Consignments and Acquisitions of the auction house Profiles in History, Brian Chanes, holding helmet and mask

W/S Chanes talking to man

M/S Chanes talking to man

M/S Helmet, mask and shoulder armour on display

SOT, Brian Chanes, Head of Consignments and Acquisitions of the auction house Profiles in History: "This original helmet and shoulder armour are from 'The Empire Strikes Back', from when Darth Vader says 'Luke, I am your father'. It is one of the greatest lines in motion picture history and this original helmet and shoulder armour are going on the auction block, exceedingly rare, only a handful are known to exist in private hands."

C/U Helmet *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Brian Chanes, Head of Consignments and Acquisitions of the auction house Profiles in History: "We are expecting bids from all over the world for the helmet, which is estimated between $250,000-450,000 for the helmet, $60,000-80,000 dollars for the shoulder armour; but we expect it to fetch and break all records because of the bid activity. I mean, it's that big of a piece."

M/S C3PO arm and hand

M/S Dress worn by Kate Winslet in Titanic

M/S Harry Potter book and original glasses

C/U Harry Potter original glasses

M/S Original Alien movie dress

M/S Sign reading 'Profiles in history'

W/S California and US flags

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