Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed bidders waking stateside at dawn to participate in the Prop Store's history-making auction today might have heard the chimes of Big Ben as the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction officially began at noon sharp inside the Odeon BFI IMAX in London.
This monumental sale offered a rare galaxy of screen-used props, costumes, concept art, miniature models, weapons, signed screenplays, movie posters, promotional material, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia representing films ranging from the worlds of Star Wars, The Lord Of The Rings, Alien, and Superman, to Edward Scissorhands, Conan The Barbarian, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Back To The Future.
Fans and collectors from all over the globe raised their paddles high from the crowded floor of Prop Store's British event location, live online, in absentee attempts, and over the telephones, all tossing down big-buck bids for the chance to take home priceless cinematic and television artifacts.
Up on the block were such drool-worthy items as Han Solo's flight jacket in The Empire Strikes Back, Arnold's battle axe wielded in Conan the Barbarian, Clancy Brown's Kurgan costume for Highlander, the Edward Scissorhands outfit worn by Johnny Depp, a gleaming T-800 endoskeleton used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Christopher Reeve's supersuit from 1978's Superman, Marty McFly's hoverboard in Back to the Future II, a First Order Stormtrooper helmet seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, an emergency shuttle spacesuit from Alien, Freddy's knife-fingered glove in Freddy vs Jason, Bill Paxton's Hudson dogtags from Aliens, and Harrison Ford's iconic fedora hat in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
After the 604 lots from over 220 films and television shows were successfully auctioned off to thousands of registered enthusiasts, there were no doubt many disappointed cinephiles and fans who rallied hard and fast but possibly came up a few pounds short when the final gavel struck.
One of the big surprises of the live-streamed auction was the featured Han Solo Jacket from The Empire Strikes Back failing to hit its 500,000-pound reserve when bidding peaked at 450,000 pounds ($596,109) and it was passed over.
So pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey tea and check out our extensive gallery of realized prices (less buyers fees) after all the furious London auction floor action ended, then tell us which Hollywood treasures you'd sell your eternal soul for!
All images courtesy of Prop Store.