VALENCIA | The Star Wars saga, the Quentin Tarantino films, ‘Back to the Future’ or ‘Gremlins’: 1,800 emblematic objects from the great Hollywood films will be auctioned next month in Los Angeles by the specialized company Propstore.
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Centerpiece of this sale organized from June 21 to 24, an X-Wing fighter model used for the special effects of the first episode of Star Wars, released in 1977, estimated between 500,000 and one million dollars.
“This X-Wing is probably the masterpiece a Star Wars fan could want because not only does everyone remember the X-Wing, it was used for an actual scene in the movie,” according to Chuck Costas, Vice President of Propstore.
Thanks to modern technologies, “we were able to link it to the scene where the Red Leader is shot”, the leader of Luke Skywalker’s squad trying to destroy the Death Star, he explains to AFP.
This scale model had been purchased by a collector some twenty years ago and had not been on public display since.
“Many of the objects come from collectors, but also from the studios themselves, or may have belonged to people who were actually working on the making of the movies at the time,” continues Mr. Costas.
This is the case, for example, of the Indiana Jones notebook used by the props in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, estimated at between 60,000 and 80,000 dollars, or the “Bad Mother Fucker” bag worn by Samuel L. Jackson in “Pulp Fiction” ($30-50,000).
“Back to the Future” fans are also treated to a replica of the famous time-traveling DeLorean automobile. Used only for the promotion of the movie, however, it has all the necessary dials, lights and “fusion reactor”, and a real wheel! It is estimated by Propstore between 150 and 200,000 dollars.
Slightly more affordable but slower, Marty McFly’s hoverboard is still estimated at between $80,000 and $120,000.
Hands down the cutest item up for auction is the very rare Mogwai Gizmo robotic doll used in the filming of “Gremlins 2” ($80-120,000).
Hollywood actor fetishists will be spoiled for choice between the hammer wielded by Chris Hemsworth in “Thor” ($100-150,000), the jumpsuit worn by Dan Aykroyd in “Ghostbusters 2” ($25-35,000), the boots of Michael Keaton in “Tim Burton” Batman,” Elvis Presley’s suit in “Blondes, Brunettes, Redheads” ($20 to $30,000) and the shorts worn by Will Smith in “Ali,” estimated at just $1,500 to $2,500.
“The great thing about our auctions is that we have over 1,800 items, some for a few hundred dollars, up to several hundred thousand, so there’s always something in your prices that comes from your favorite movie,” says Chuck Costas.