A Darth Vader helmet used in the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy has sold for more than $1million (£870,000), topping a list of the films’ most expensive memorabilia.
The list, compiled by LoveAntiques.com, includes props from the movies, like Luke Skywalker’s original lightsabre, and Han Solo’s leather jacket.
But toys and classic merchandise, like a Boba Fett action figure, are also thought to be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
What are the top 10 most valuable items?
1. The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader Helmet £817,027
2. George Lucas’ Panavision Camera £427,000
3. Star Wars TIE Fighter model (used prop) £240,000
4. Snowtrooper Helmet £155,000
5. Chewbacca’s Original Costume Headpiece £138,634
6. Han Solo’s Leather Jacket from The Force Awakens £131,000
7. ‘Star Wars’ Costume Design Sketchbook £130,128
8. Luke Skywalker’s original lightsabre £113,000
9. Boba Fett Rocket-Firing Action Figure (Prototype) £93,388
10. Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi Telescoping Lightsaber £61,748
What do the experts say?
“There is so much Star Wars merchandise out there,” said Will Thomas from LoveAntiques.com.
“This could be a really great time for someone to test out collecting, especially with the latest installment of the Star Wars saga due at the end of the year.”
Star Wars superfan and toy expert, Marc Airey, who helped compile the list, says that people should try to have fun when collecting.
“There’s no way we can be certain about what products are going to be hot picks,” he said, “So go into it for the mindset of having fun.
“Rushing in for monetary gain is likely to lead to frustration and quitting the collection game quickly.”