May the ore be with you: Japan sells gold Darth Vader mask

A SOLID gold Darth Vader mask is going on sale in Japan, with a US$1.4 million (RM6 million) price tag for a one-of-a-kind likeness of science fiction's most famous villain.

Jeweller Ginza Tanaka on Tuesday showcased the 15-kilogramme sculpture, which has been commissioned to mark the 40th anniversary this year of the release of Star Wars.

The mask will be available for purchase on May the fourth – a date known among fans as Star Wars Day because of its similarity to one of the franchise's most famous lines: "May the Force be with you".

The jeweller also plans to release gold coins specially designed to celebrate the anniversary in the more affordable price range of US$1,200 to US$11,000.

Ginza Tanaka, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, has in the past created other gold commemorative products including a Christmas tree, samurai helmets and footballer Lionel Messi's left foot. — AFP Relaxnews