Diehard Star Wars fans may want to save their pennies now that an Original Darth Vader costume from the The Empire Strikes Back (1980), will be up for sale at Christie’s Auction House. The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between £160,000 and £230,000 ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia on November 25 in London. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Cancer Research UK.
Neil Roberts, head of the popular culture department at Christie’s, cited: Darth Vader is defined by his costume, which has made him one of the most recognised characters from the history of film. Christie’s have sold some incredible relics from popular culture in the past from Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard Of Oz to a dress made for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s; arguably the Darth Vader costume is the most iconic of all.
Darth Vader was played in the original films by Dave Prowse but American actor James Earl Jones provided the voice as Prowse’s West Country accent was felt to be unsuitable for the part of the evil Vader.
Unfortunately, since the sale takes place in November, the buyer will not get a chance to wear Rare Darth Vader costume at this year’s Halloween party.
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