Profiles in History is holding one of their incredible Hollywood memorabilia auctions on June 28 and two of the lots included in the live event are from Mel Brooks' goofy Star Wars send-up, Spaceballs. Released on June 24, 1987, the sci-fi parody is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and what better way to mark the occasion than by bidding on one of these awesome one-of-a-kind items.
If you're a Dark Helmet fan, the first item up on the block is the actual screen worn prop helmet used by Rick Moranis' character.
Here's the catalog description with pre-auction estimates:
1421. Rick Moranis hero “Dark Helmet” helmet from Spaceballs. (MGM, 1987) This articulating oversized signature helmet was worn by Moranis as Dark Helmet throughout the Mel Brooks classic Sci-Fi spoof. Consisting of 20 in. round by 14 in. tall cartoonish “Darth Vader”-stylized helmet constructed of heavy vacuum formed plastic component shell affixed to internal construction worker’s hard-hat liner to fit the actor. With screw-hinged movable faceplate section featuring vents, metalized shower drain mouth piece and triangular embedded tinted see-through lenses. Exhibiting only minor production wear and age. In vintage very good to fine condition. $8,000 - $12,000
Next up is the screen-used miniature for the "Eagle 5" Space Winnebago piloted by Bill Pullman's Lone Starr and John Candy's Barf. This is a finely-detailed model crafted back in the glory years of practical effects and scrap-built modelmaking.
Here's the catalog description:
1422. Spaceballs Winnebago filming miniature model. (MGM, 1987) The most iconic prop from the Sci-Fi send-up of the Star Wars phenomenon. Director Mel Brooks brings us his campy take on the “Millennium Falcon” with this, the “Eagle 5” Space Winnebago! The hyper-realistic miniature RV, retrofitted for space travel, measures 35 in. long x 10.7 in. tall x 37 in. wide. Constructed of custom made cast resin, vacuum formed plastic panels, metal, plastic and wood components. Assembled and finished with obsessive attention to minute detail like tiny rearview mirrors, a truck horn on the roof, door handles, fuel ports, decal branding to air conditioning vents, minuscule windshield wiper, realistic striping and badging, and much more. With impressive spaceship engines affixed under each wing and the “Eagle 5” insignia displayed proudly on the doors. A closer peek through the model’s windshield reveals both pilot and co-pilot in place in the form of striking miniature, likenesses of “Lone Starr” (Bill Pullman) and his faithful sidekick “Barf” (John Candy) with applied hair and fabric costumes. The very finest examples of model making magic are on display in this iconic piece. Highly visible in scenes where Eagle 5 journeys through space. In production used very fine condition. Provenance: The collection of Grant McCune. $20,000 - $30,000
Both of these rare Spaceballs artifacts can be bid upon when the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction #89 goes live in Calabasas, California on June 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM PST. If you can't be there in person, register to bid online and be victorious when the gavel strikes. Good luck and may The Schwartz be with you!