Tom Cruise’s iconic “Maverick” flying helmet used in the 1986 Top Gun film will be offered next month through big virtual auction of Hollywood props. The helmet, which includes a visor and oxygen mask, is just one of 850 pieces of memorabilia from classic movies and TV shows that will go up for auction as part of the sale.
In the first Top Gun movie, Cruise wore a customized U.S Navy-issue Gentex HGU-33 helmet with “Maverick” emblazoned across the visor-cover.
The helmet was more than just a costume prop, Cruise and his co-stars wore individualized helmets during back-seat rides in the F-14 Tomcat during filming. Cruise likely had access to more than one of the helmets in case any were damaged. A number of Navy pilots also wore identically-customized HGU-33s for continuity, so it’s likely a few of these genuine items exist. It is expected to fetch up to $70,000.
Beside “Maverick” helmet and accompanying oxygen mask, the auction includes a Darth Vader costume from a 1977 promotional tour for Star Wars, along with items such as Sylvester Stallone’s boxing gloves from Rocky, and much more.
Film and TV memorabilia company Prop Store will auction nearly 900 rare props, costumes and production material from more than 350 films during a two-day event on Aug. 26-27. in Los Angeles. The event will be live-streamed to allow participants to bid for themselves. Bidding will be online, by phone or in absentee, Prop Store said.