An original stormtrooper helmet used in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” is set to be auctioned in London.
It is one of only a few known to exist in private hands and is expected to sell for £60,000 (US$90,000) at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Auction, taking place at the Odeon BFI IMAX, at Waterloo, London on Sept. 23.
“The stormtrooper is one of the quintessential costumes of the ‘Star Wars’ films,” Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, said in a statement.
“The menacing helmet instantly said so much about the world George Lucas had created,” he continued. “Today it may be one of the most recognized designs in film history. To own an original helmet is perhaps the ultimate ‘Star Wars’ collectible.”
Over 450 iconic lots from over 150 films and television shows will be sold at the auction, which will be live-streamed on Prop Store’s website for fans to follow the action and place bids on auction day.
Though the films have been popular since the original “Star Wars” was released in 1977, the franchise has been even more present on the pop culture landscape of late thanks to the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18, 2015.