The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Star Wars Memorabilia To celebrate the recent Star Wars Blu-Ray release, the collectibles encyclopaedia Wikicollecting.org presents a list of the ten most expensive pieces of Star Wars memorabilia ever sold at auction.
V: The Empire Strikes Back - $100,000
The second item on the list from the 2005 Gary Kurtz sale at Profiles in History is one of the most feared weapons in the galaxy – Darth Vader’s light saber. The prop was used during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back, and is notable for being used to chop off Luke Skywalker’s hand during their battle in Cloud City.
Original trilogy light sabers have always beem amongst the most sought after Star Wars props to appear on the market, and this example was no exception as it sold for a price of $100,000.
+++ 4) Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - $115,000
The second Darth Vader helmet to appear on the list was also used in the production of The Empire Strikes Back. It was created for use during the climactic fight scene between Vader and Luke Skywalker, during which Vader reveals (spoiler alert) he is Luke’s father.
The helmet featured transparent cheeks and a modified grill, which enabled the Olympic fencing champion Bob Anderson a much clearer view whilst performing the fight sequences with Mark Hamill. It was sold at a Profiles in History auction in April 2003 for a price of $115,000.
+++ 3) Han Solo’s Blaster From Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - $180,000
Thankfully fans and collectors stopped arguing about Han shooting first for long enough to bid on his blaster. It featured in the June 2007 Stembridge Armory Collection auction in Los Angeles, which saw a collection of iconic movie firearms sold by Robert Petersen, publisher of Guns & Ammo Magazine.
At $180,000 Han’s ‘Return of the Jedi blaster’ was the auction’s top lot, beating John Wayne’s Winchester rifle from ‘Stagecoach’ and Steve McQueen’s gun from ‘The Magnificent Seven’ along the way.
+++ 2) Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - $200,000
But in terms of iconic Star Wars props, nothing beats Luke’s original Lightsaber. The weapon that inspired a generation of fans (young and old) to make buzzing noises, the lightsaber represents the long-standing traditions of the Jedi Knights. It was also voted the most popular weapon in film history during a poll in 2008.
Although not the first example to appear on the market, the lightsaber in question is the most expensive. It appeared in the second sale of items from Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz’s collection at Profiles in History in 2008, and sold for a price of $200,000.
+++ 1) Miniature TIE Fighter model from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - $350,000
The title of ‘most expensive piece of Star Wars memorabilia ever sold’ goes to an original model TIE Fighter from Episode IV. But not just any TIE Fighter – this particular model was the one responsible for sending Darth Vader hurtling out to space after a nasty collision in the Death Star trench.
This of course enables Luke to destroy the first Death