It's time to take a page out of Rey's Jakku handbook from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and start scavenging for valuable parts out in the desert, which can then be traded in for cold hard cash. Why? Because the U.K.-based Prop Store is holding a live auction of classic film memorabilia this fall that you'll certainly want to be a part of if you're a cinephile.
Well, if you're a cinephile with a sizable amount of money in the bank or under your mattress, that is.
"Our auction ... will once again raise the bar, presenting some of the most iconic cinematic artifacts of our time. We look forward to bringing together a global audience of film fans and collectors," said Prop Store CEO Stephen Lane in an official release.
Among the items is the very jacket worn by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in 1980's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Wearing it would immediately put all other Han cosplays to dismal shame. But as we said earlier, it won't come cheap. According to early PropStore estimates, the jacket will fetch between £500,000 and £1,000,000, or $661,302-$1,322,545.
What's that? You're not a lover of Star Wars, but still admire Harrison Ford's line of work? Okay, how about Henry Jones Jr.'s iconic fedora from 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark? This one's slightly cheaper than Han's jacket, going for around £200,000-£300,000, or $264,719-$397,079.
Again, you put this object on your head and every other brown fedora in a 50-mile radius will wilt in abject depression. According to additional information from Prop Store, this particular jacket was worn for scenes taking place in Cloud City, the location where we first meet Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).
We're heading to the future for the next film item, Marty McFly's Mattel hoverboard from 1989's Back to the Future Part II. Once again, the pricing is quite impressive, but less so than Han's wardrobe or Indy's hat. You'd be able to pick the board up for £30k - £50k, or $39,676-$66,139. Upon the sequel's release nearly 30 years ago, folks kept calling the toy company, asking if the hoverboard could be bought in stores, unaware that it was a totally fake concept created for the film's future setting of 2015.
There's a variety of other objects that range from Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman corset in Batman Returns (1992), to Tyler Durden's bathrobe from Fight Club (1998). Props from Forrest Gump (1994), Captain America: The First Avenger (2001), Men in Black (1997), Terminator (1984), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Willy Wonka (1971), The Crow (1994), and Lord of the Rings (2001) can also be purchased.
The props up for auction will be available to view by the public at London’s BFI IMAX movie theaters between Sep. 6 and Sep. 20. The items go up for auction on the 20th in the same location, the event being sponsored by Odeon, a U.K. movie theater chain. Online proxy bidding for those not based in the U.K. begins on August 31.
"We’re delighted to welcome back the iconic Prop Store exhibition to London’s BFI IMAX once again, for what we hope will be another record breaking year," stated Commercial Director at ODEON UK & Ireland Chris Bates. "The team at Prop Store continue to exceed themselves in curating an incredible collection of items up for auction, with this year’s list including a range of props from the Star Wars franchise, Titanic, Fight Club, and Terminator. We very much look forward to welcoming film fans through our doors to get up close to some of film’s most iconic props, and to catch the latest and best entertainment on Britain’s biggest cinema screen.”
Head to the gallery below for a look at the majority of iconic movie props up for auction...