Fanboys around the globe may want to pool their pennies to place a big bid on an original Slave Leia metal bikini from Return of the Jedi when it hits the auction block later this month. This is not the exact Tatooine swimwear worn so well by Carrie Fisher in the 1983 Star Wars sequel, but the first finished costume used on set and rehearsals, then later altered and resized due to Fisher's weight loss during the film's shooting.
Profiles in History, the premier Hollywood memorabilia and artifact auction house, will offer this Slave Leia costume as part of a historic Star Wars collection that also includes a prototype Darth Vader helmet, original shooting scripts, posters, actual movie cameras, a screen-used Rebel Fleet Trooper tunic ($25,000 to $35,000) and helmet ($150,000 to $250,000) and a Rebel Blockade Runner filming miniature ($200,000 to $300,000). Their Hollywood Auction #74 is open to the public and runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2015, at the Profiles In History main offices in Calabasas, Calif. Internet bidders can geek out on the entire 680-page catalog here.
Designed by ILM veteran Richard Miller, the iconic Slave Leia outfit lot has a pre-auction estimate of $80,000 to $120,000 and also includes alternate versions of the costume rejected by George Lucas, as well as several sketches, notes, design and paint studies, a display mannequin and a letter of authentication signed by Miller.
“It’s every schoolboy’s fantasy, but it’s also a very signature, iconic piece,” said Brian Chanes, consignment manager for Profiles in History.
There are also many other incredible Hollywood props and costumes being offered at the event, like Quint's harpoon gun and machete from Jaws, Ron Howard's white 1958 Impala used in American Graffiti, a 35mm Panavision camera used to film The Exorcist, a screen-used xenomorph head from Alien signed by Giger, Harrison Ford's kangaroo-hide bullwhip from the Indiana Jones Trilogy, a Jedi Sarlacc tooth, William Shatner's blond hairpiece from Star Trek: The Original Series and much more.
Are you ready to lay down a wallet-busting bid for Lot #1558's Slave Leia Bikini or sitting on the sidelines?
(Via Rolling Stone)