Star Wars spaceship model sets auction record

A model of the Star Wars blockade runner spaceship has sold for a record US$450,000 (S$645,000).
A model of the Star Wars blockade runner spaceship has sold for a record US$450,000 (S$645,000).PROFILES IN HISTORY

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A model of the Star Wars blockade runner spaceship has sold for a record US$450,000 (S$645,000) - almost double estimates - at a Hollywood memorabilia auction.

Auctioneers Profiles in History said on Friday that the intricate 16-inch model of the flying ship featured in the first film, 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, became the most expensive Star Wars item ever to be sold at auction.

The miniature spaceship, which carried Princess Leia and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 in the opening scenes of the blockbuster series, came from the collection of late visual effects Oscar-winner Grant McCune and had been expected to fetch between US$200,000 and US$300,000.

Another top Star Wars item was Princess Leia's slave costume, worn by actress Carrie Fisher in Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi, which sold for US$96,000.

The three-day auction in southern California, which ended on Thursday, also saw a record price for a TV costume, with actor George Reeves' 1953-54 Superman costume selling for US$216,000.

Harrison Ford's signature bull whip from the Indiana Jones movies went for US$204,000.

The actor's fedora, leather jacket and shirt worn in other films in the popular franchise each fetched more than US$72,000, the auction house said.

The names of the buyers were not released.

The Hollywood auction came some two months before the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which features original cast members Ford, Fisher and Mark Hamill in a new adventure set 30 years after 1983's Return Of The Jedi.