C-3PO’s head from Star Wars expected to fetch up to £1m in auction of film props

A screen matched light-up C-3PO head from the 1977 film 'Star Wars: A New Hope
The light-up C-3PO head from the 1977 film ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ is expected to sell for between £500,000 and £1m - Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The head of Star Wars droid C-3PO could fetch up to £1m in a major auction of film props and costumes next month.

The light-up head, worn by actor Anthony Daniels to play C-3PO in Star Wars: A New Hope, is likely to be the most sought-after lot with an estimated sale price of between £500,000 and £1m.

A treasure trove of more than 1,800 items is being put up for sale by entertainment memorabilia auctioneer Propstore at its annual live auction.

Light-up C-3PO head from Star Wars: A New Hope, est. £500,000-£1,000,000

Light-up C-3PO head from Star Wars: A New Hope
Light-up C-3PO head from Star Wars: A New Hope

It will include products from films including Titanic, James Bond and Indiana Jones.

Organisers hope the total take from the event, which will take place in London from November 9 to November 12, will be more than £12m.

Bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, est. £100,000-£200,000

Harrison Ford autographed bullwhip from the 1984 film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'
Harrison Ford autographed bullwhip from the 1984 film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom'

Mr Daniels, who played R2-D2’s companion in 11 Star Wars films, is also selling other memorabilia from the franchise.

Stephen Lane, founder and chief executive of Propstore, told Reuters: “We have his complete archive from his time of working on the Star Wars films so that includes some of the props and body components and parts, his head, his hands, his feet. We have his original scripts with the annotations in there as well.”

Honey Ryder’s bathrobe, worn by Ursula Andress in James Bond: Dr No, est: £70,000-£140,000

Honey Ryder's bathrobe worn by Ursula Andress in James Bond
Honey Ryder's bathrobe worn by Ursula Andress in James Bond

Other costumes for sale include a shirt, waistcoat and trousers worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, which is estimated to be worth up to £200,000.

Honey Ryder’s bathrobe, which was worn by Ursula Andress in Dr No, could fetch as much as £140,000, while Johnny Depp’s outfit from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is valued at up to £100,000.

Commodus’ Arena costume, worn by Joaquin Phoenix, est. £30,000-£60,000

The Gladiator costume worn by Joaquin Phoenix
The Gladiator costume worn by Joaquin Phoenix

Props include Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, worth as much as £200,000, and Tom Hanks’s trainers from Forrest Gump, estimated at up to £30,000.

Pennywise model from It Chapter 2, est: £6,000-£12,000

Pennywise model from It Chapter Two
Pennywise model from It Chapter Two

Film buffs will also have the chance to purchase Stanley Kubrick’s hand-annotated script from The Shining and a coat worn by Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

Other lots include: a model of the character Pennywise from the film It Chapter Two, expected to fetch up to £12,000; the costume worn by Joaquin Phoenix in the 2000 film Gladiator that could go for as much as £60,000; and Captain America’s shield from the 2011 film The First Avenger, with a list price of £50,000 to £100,000.

Captain America’s hero shield, est. £50,000-£100,000

Captain America shield from the 2011 film 'Captain America: The First Avenger'
Captain America shield from the 2011 film 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

Mr Lane said the items came from a variety of sources, including archives, film studios and production companies.

He said the majority would be purchased by passionate fans and collectors, though some are likely to end up in museums and studio archives as well.

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