Movie props and collectibles from the original Star Wars movies are considered as the Holy Grail of science fiction artifacts and often break sale records whenever they go under the hammer at various auctions. But, guess what! One of the most crucial bits from Star Wars franchise is up for grabs giving a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Star Wars geeks to own a piece of history. Profiles in History’s upcoming Icons and Legends of Hollywood auction will feature the screen-used helmet and mask of none other than Darth Vader. It’s the same one that was used during the filming of ‘Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.’ More importantly, it’s a part of the legendary scene where Vader reveals to Luke that “No, I am your father.” Does it get any more special than that? Don’t think so!
Pre-sale estimates expect the exceedingly rare movie prop to sell for between $250,000 and $450,000. That puts it in the same league as the Han Solo blaster gun that was sold for a whopping $550,000 last June. If past auctions featuring Star Wars props are to go by, the pre-sale estimates can easily be broken. A Chewbacca mask was sold for in 2012 for $172,200, while a rare snowtrooper helmet sold for $276,750 that same year, and George Lucas’s Episode IV Panavision camera went for $625,000; and this is the Darth Vader helmet we are talking about. So all eyes on the auction now which also includes other rare movie props like the moon buggy that Sean Connery’s 007 used in Diamonds Are Forever and a destroyed DeLorean used in the filming of the Back to the Future III.