What would you pay for a piece of original Star Wars memorabilia? For fans of writer/director/creator George Lucas’ world famous space saga, the authentic on-screen cowl headpiece of hirsute Wookiee Chewbacca is, in fact, a cinematic treasure that exceeded expectations and ended up selling for $172,200 at a Profiles in History auction last month. This prized motion picture artifact contains facial features designed by make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, also a designer of Jedi master Yoda‘s unique appearance. Some parts, including the mouth, jaw, nose and teeth had to be reassembled for presentation and the sale while the basis for Chewie’s dark eyes originated from actor Peter Mayhews’ lifecast.
At the same event, a prop blaster gun from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope commanded almost $105,000 (after fees) and a piece of original art that inspired the iconic movie poster from the first film went for nearly $74,000. Pricey possessions indeed, but still only a fraction of what a TIE Fighter model from Episode IV sold at auction in 2005 garnered: $350,000!
You can read more about these one-of-a-kind items in these articles from The Hollywood Reporter and The Huffington Post. Until we win the lottery, we’ll stick to watching the classic films and dressing as our favorite Star Wars characters for Halloween or any other costume occasion!