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The all-white outfit worn by Carrie Fisher in the original Star Wars film is expected to fetch a royal bounty of more than $1 million when it is sold at auction next month.
The Princess Leia costume is one of more than 1,400 items of movie and TV memorabilia that will go under the hammer at an auction in Los Angeles hosted by Propstore Auction, and running June 28 to June 30.
Other lots include Chris Pratt’s light-up Star-Lord helmet from the original Guardians of the Galaxy; the clown doll from 1982 film Poltergeist; Daniel Radcliffe’s distressed costume from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harrison Ford’s distressed costume from 1982’s Blade Runner; and the rock hammer used by Tim Robbins in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.
Also expected to fetch $1 million or more is the Batpod motorcycle used by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. That would be a steal compared to an earlier Batmobile from the Adam West TV show, which sold for $4.2 million at an auction in 2013.
Movie and TV vehicles tend to top lists of high-priced memorabilia. In 2011, filmmaker Peter Jackson shelled out just over $800,000 for the “flying” car used in the 1968 family movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. That was also how much billionaire Elon Musk paid for the “submarine” car driven by James Bond in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me.
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Costumes also fetch high prices. In 2015, a bidder paid $1.5 million for one of two blue gingham dresses worn by Judy Garland’s character in The Wizard of Oz. In 2012, the ruby slippers had sold for $2 million.
The dress that Marilyn Monroe wore while standing over a subway grate in The Seven-Year Itch was bought for $4.6 million in 2011, while the little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for $920,000 in 2006. A decade later, Hepburn’s copy of the script for the film went for almost $1 million. The buyer? Tiffany & Co.
Star Wars items have proven to be expensive for collectors to get their hands on. In 2018, Han Solo’s blaster from Return of the Jedi was sold at auction for $550,000. Darth Vader’s helmet from The Empire Strikes Back sold for $900,000 in 2019. And Luke Skywalker’s light saber from the first two Star Wars movies went for $450,000 in 2017, the same year that an R2D2 model, made from parts used during filming, sold for $2.7 million. (That’s not even the most expensive movie robot, a record held by Robby the Robot from the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet, which brought in $5.4 million at an auction that same year.)
On the costume front, the Jedi cloak worn by Alec Guinness as Obi-wan Kenobi sold for just over $100,000 in 2007, while Princess Leia’s slave costume from Return of the Jedi came in at $96,000, and a leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in The Force Awakens went for $105,000 in 2016.
Costumes don’t even have to be full-size to fetch a good price. In 2017, a Jawa action figure was sold at auction for $27,648. The rare figure, of which only five or six exist, is wearing a tiny vinyl cape instead of the more common fabric version.