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Iconic Hollywood props to be auctioned

16 Jul 2020 / 10:11 H.

MAVERICK’s fighter jet helmet, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber, Rocky’s boxing gloves and an 11-foot Alien spaceship tipped to fetch half a million dollars will go up for auction in Los Angeles next month.

The sale of hundreds of legendary Hollywood movie props will be live-streamed on August 26-27, including items wielded by Indiana Jones and Clint Eastwood’s Western outlaw Josey Wales.

A giant model of Nostromo, the interstellar tug-ship on which Ridley Scott’s classic Alien takes place, tops the pre-sale estimates at US$300,000-500,000.

Items up for auction at the Prop Store Auction in late August are on display at the Prop Store in Valencia, California on July 15, 2020 include the helmet worn by actor Tom Cruise in the movie “Top Gun”, estimated at $50,000 70,000 USD. . / AFP / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ben SHEPPARD -- “’Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction”
Items up for auction at the Prop Store Auction in late August are on display at the Prop Store in Valencia, California on July 15, 2020 include the helmet worn by actor Tom Cruise in the movie “Top Gun”, estimated at $50,000 70,000 USD. . / AFP / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ben SHEPPARD -- “’Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction”

Constructed mainly of wood and steel, it was personally filmed for the movie’s exterior shots by Scott, who had it “repainted dark gray and weathered extensively to imply decades of deep-space travel,“ said event organizers Prop Store.

Like many of the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction lots, the model spacecraft previously belonged to a film crew member.

It was restored for purchase after being found wrapped in plastic in a backyard 15 years ago.

“What collectors are looking for is things from the films they grew up with, films that they cherish,“ said Brandon Alinger, chief operating officer for Prop Store LA.

Items up for auction at the Prop Store Auction in late August are on display July 15, 2020, at the Prop Store in Valencia, California, including from (L-R), Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit worn by Ryan Gosling in the film “First Man”, the Blue suit worn by Will Farrell in the film “Anchorman”, a suit worn by Al Pacino in the film “Godfather 2”, and a dress worn by Keira Knightly in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean.” / AFP / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ben SHEPPARD -- “’Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction”
Items up for auction at the Prop Store Auction in late August are on display July 15, 2020, at the Prop Store in Valencia, California, including from (L-R), Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit worn by Ryan Gosling in the film “First Man”, the Blue suit worn by Will Farrell in the film “Anchorman”, a suit worn by Al Pacino in the film “Godfather 2”, and a dress worn by Keira Knightly in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean.” / AFP / Frederic J. BROWN / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ben SHEPPARD -- “’Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction”

“This is the main 11-foot model miniature that was used in the shooting of the movie,“ he told AFP.

Other big-ticket sci-fi items on the block include a full Darth Vader outfit –one of five used to promote the first Star Wars movie – and a lightsaber hilt used by Ewan McGregor in the prequel Attack of the Clones.

A real fighter jet helmet worn by Tom Cruise’s Maverick in Top Gun is expected to fetch up to US$70,000.

The helmet is customized – with the character’s name – as are boxing gloves worn by Sylvester Stallone in the original Rocky.

And in a rare sale, the original bronze Ra medallion used by Indiana Jones to reveal the location of the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark will go under the hammer.

The item, gifted by the movie’s construction manager to a family friend, is expected to earn up to US$150,000. - AFP

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