“Star Wars” fans are buzzing with anticipation ahead of the December release of “The Rise of Skywalker.” Now, British auction house Sotheby’s is ready to cash in on the hype. It is celebrating the end of the Skywalker storyline with a “Star Wars” themed auction featuring “exceptionally rare” collectibles from the original trilogy.
The Star Wars Online 2019 auction boasts an impressive 104 lots ranging from unopened action figures to original concept art. There is even a bust of Darth Vader’s head that is lifelike enough to make “The Imperial March” start playing in your head. The Sotheby’s auction will close on December 13 at 9 a.m. EST.
The original “Star Wars” trilogy is a timeless classic that has wowed fans for more than forty years. Beloved characters like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2, and C-3PO have become icons of pop culture. Original action figures made during the trilogy’s run between 1977 and 1983 are some of the items up for sale.
The unopened figures are expected to go for upwards of a few thousand dollars. Other trilogy memorabilia includes a 1977 silkscreen banner, a 1976 prototype Imperial Stormtrooper helmet, and several pieces of concept art from the films. The art includes early depictions of promotional posters for the trilogy.
One of a Kind
Though many items in the auction are just pristine collector’s items, there are a few truly unique lots. These one-of-a-kind goods won’t come cheap, but they can serve as the crown jewel of the memorabilia collection of any “Star Wars” lover.
One of these is a bust of Darth Vader’s head. The piece is titled “Bring Me the Head of Darth Vader” and comes from British artist Clive Baker. The metallic sculpture is a near-perfect replica of the fallen Sith lord’s helmet. Sotheby’s is starting the bidding at just under $6,000. However, it is expected to sell for nearly twice that amount.
Also up for sale is a special Japanese release poster from 1978. It is designed by Ohrai Noriyoshi and depicts many elements of the original trilogy in exquisite detail. The poster features detailed images of every major “Star Wars” character, ship, and even the Death Star. Sotheby’s describes the item as “exceptionally rare.” Not often does the prestigious auction house bestow such a title on an item. Due to the poster’s rarity, there is no telling how much it will sell for.
With lots ranging from $65 to tens of thousands of dollars, there is something for every “Star Wars” collector. Those who can’t afford to shop can still see the items on display in London from December 6-11. “The Rise of Skywalker” debuts on December 20.