The Original Darth Vader Mask From First ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy Goes for an Auction.
In the Increasing world that is sci-fi, few honors trump that of owning some bonafide Star Wars collectibles. Beyond that, few things trump the honor of owning Darth Vader items.
Not only is Star Wars big business from its shows and movies, but it’s also big business in just about every other fields too. Video games, LEGO, merchandise, and of course, auction items from film sets.
Aspiring Siths or Jedis are willing to pay a hefty amount of money to get their hands on the same things that have appeared on Star Wars film sets or even in the finished film itself.
Online auction site iCollector has just unveiled that Darth Vader’s helmet and the mask is going under the auction hammer. Specifically, it is the pair that appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment of the film in the original trilogy and invariably a fan-fav. It’s also the helmet that appeared in one of the most iconic film scenes of all time:
The pieces, worn by David Prowse during the filming of the 1980s The Empire Strikes Back, is set to go up for auction later this month. Making the iconic set even more unique is as it’s one of the few surviving mask and helmet combos used during the filming of Lucas’ original trilogy.
This set consists of two pieces, which were made of the fiber Glass. The mask is painted dark metallic gray, with black accents, and its interior is imprinted with a “1” to ensure that it was put on first. Its inside features foam rubber padding, tinted plastic lenses and two of the three original elastic straps used to secure the mask to Prowse’s head. Meanwhile, the helmet is painted jet black and has a strip of velcro and “3” painted in brown on the inside. The chin grille, aluminum “atmospheric sensors“ and a PVC connection that held the two pieces together are missing, but other than that the auction house claims the set is in great shape.
“I said to one client, ‘if you have that, you don’t have to have anything else.’ That’s your collection,” Profiles in History founder Joseph Maddalena told The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no up from there. You have the Darth Vader mask you can’t top that. There aren’t many of those, and it’s from The Empire Strikes Back in which very few of those survived production.”
Of course, a piece of movie memorabilia this unique, especially one so rare, comes at a price. Bidding for Vader’s mask and helmet will start at $250,000, with some expecting it to go for as much as $500,000. What better way to celebrate the upcoming final film in the sequel trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker.
Earlier in 2015, Everything from lightsabers to cookie jars went under the hammer, and the 600 items went for a cool $505,202