Shiny-white Stormtrooper armor is one of the most iconic objects of popular culture, a perfect example that epitomizes the essence of Star Wars, and is deeply desired as a collectable by fans across the globe. It’s not surprising that creative geniuses like Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson were strongly influenced by the Stormtrooper costume when they were young. They continue to recognize the impact it left on them, and rightly decided to add a Stormtrooper helmet in the recently held (Red) auction at Sotheby’s to raise funds to fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa. The auction managed to raise a total of $26 million by selling 44 items specially curated by Jony Ive and Marc.
The Stormtrooper helmet, the 17th item in the auction catalogue, is signed by George Lucas and includes an original cardboard “Star Wars” Stormtrooper box and a printed note from the producer. It was estimated to sell for $15,000, but the Star Wars helmet went for a whopping $245,000 which includes the buyer’s premium. The condition report from Sotheby’s reads as follows — “Overall excellent condition. This work was especially selected by Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the (RED) 2013 auction and signed by George Lucas. Included is a cardboard box and printed material from the producer. This work is being sold with a certificate from the (RED) 2013 auction.” Other items that brought in top dollar at the auction included a RED branded Mac Pro tower which went for $977,000, a set of 18k gold Apple earbuds sold for $461,000, and a thermal window on the U.S. space shuttle selling for $920,000.