Star Wars Movie Memorabilia : Models

Force Awakens 560x280With the latest installment (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) of the Star Wars saga set to hit theaters later this week, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back at the previous six films, and highlight some of the most amazing (and expensive) movie memorabilia ever purchased at auction.

The memorabilia will be organized in a 4-part series :

Empire 560x239Star Wars is such a great movie franchise because it was set in the future yet still felt so real. George Lucas focused so much on making the action as real as he could that he used models and smaller sets to film certain scenes. They did this because it would be a waste of time to have giant planes flying all around this city they built from the ground up. These iconic models that were used during the movie have become extremely valuable and below we list some of the most expensive.

Sarlacc Teeth – $3,000

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction Extravaganza

Date Sold: April 2, 2011

Details: Do you remember the scene in the desert when Luke Skywalker and Han Solo nearly died by being tossed into a Sarlacc pit? These are two of the teeth taken from the pit. They are huge but we could not find an exact measurement. They came from an ILM, Industrial Light & Magic, crewmembers private collection. ILM was the visual effects company that are responsible for most of the visual effects in the Star Wars movies.

Battle Droid Arm – $3,021

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Movie: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Auction: Prop Store Live Auction of Film & Television Artifacts

Date Sold: October 16, 2014

Details: This prop was used during the battle scenes in Episode I to represent destroyed remains of the Trade Federation’s war droids. It is made of resin and has the ability to bend at the elbow, wrist, and fingers. It looks like nothing more than a piece of plastic but George Lucas was a fan of authenticity and wanted to make even the throwaway parts in the background look real like this arm.

Jabba the Hut Barge Gargoyle – $4,156

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Movie: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi

Auction: Prop Store Live Auction of Film & Television Artifacts

Date Sold: October 16, 2014

Details: This gargoyle was one of the many that were attached to Jabba the Hut’s flying barge during the filming of Episode VI. They were also on his stage platform at his palace too.

Bespin Cloud Car Pilot Model – $4,485

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction

Date Sold: September 23, 2015

Details: This item is a master sculpt of the Bespin Cloud Car Pilots that escorted the Millennium Falcon upon its arrival to Cloud City. This is the final sculpture approved by ILM to help create the Bespin Cloud Car Pilots.

Battle Droid Headpiece – $4,531

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Movie: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Auction: Prop Store Live Auction of Film & Television Artifacts

Date Sold: October 16, 2014

Details: This is another droids part used to represent the remains of the countless destroyed droids during the battle sequences in Episode I.

Concept Pod Racer Maquette – $4,613

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Movie: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 49

Date Sold: July 31, 2012

Details: This is a pod racer maquette that was created during preproduction phase of Episode I for the pod races used during the film’s final version. This was not used in the film but was one of the originally designs.

R2-D2 Articulating Claw – $4,750

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 62

Date Sold: December 21, 2013

Details: This R2-D2 arm was the arm used during the infamous scene where we are introduced to Yoda for the first time in the Star Wars movies. It is a rare piece of film memorabilia that can be easily spotted during the movie.

Admiral Ackbar Eye – $5,015

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: ScreenUsed Fall 2014 Auction

Date Sold: November 8, 2014

Details: This is the actual eye used during the filming of Episode VI and was controlled by puppeteers to operate the eye’s movement with cables throughout the film.

Model of Landing Platform on Endor – $5,389

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Rock & Roll and Film Memorabilia Auction

Date Sold: July 13, 2014

Details: This is the landing platform where Darth Vader’s Imperial Shuttle landed on his way to meet with Luke Skywalker. This scale model also came with a letter of authenticity signed by Nick Harrison and also an autograph of Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Imperial Shuttle Tydirium – $5,900

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 36

Date Sold: May 1, 2009

Details: This is a 1-inch miniature model used during the filming of Episode VI. It was the original ILM motion controlled miniature used in the film.

Death Star Gun Tower – $5,975

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction

Date Sold: September 23, 2015

Details: This miniature model was used during the Death Star battle scenes of Episode VI. It was one of the many different gun towers used during the production.

X-Wing Fighter – $7,080

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 17, 2010

Details: This X-Wing fighter was used for blocking out visual effects shots of the Death Star trench run. It came from the personal collection of Richard Edlund.

Pod Racer Maquette – $7,380

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Movie: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 49

Date Sold: July 31, 2012

Details: This pod racer was created during preproduction of Episode I but was never used in the movie. It was part of a collection of pod racers created for the Planet Tatooine pod races featuring a young Anakin Skywalker.

X-Wing Fighter Fuselage – $7,670

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 37

Date Sold: October 9, 2009

Details: According to the auction’s website, these are the actual finished, scribed, and detailed sculptures from which the final female molds were taken for casting up the four or five final X-wing models built for the first, the original Star Wars.

Section of Death Star – $7,670

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: ScreenUsed Spring 2013 Auction

Date Sold: March 9, 2013

Details: This is the first of several pieces of the Death Star model that was used during the filming of the original Star Wars.

R2-D2 Eye Component – $7,800

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 74

Date Sold: October 1, 2015

Details: This lot featured both of the mechanical eye components that were used for the R2-D2 droid during the first Star Wars.

Han Solo’s Bounty Crate – $8,500

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 53

Date Sold: December 16, 2012

Details: This large box was seen during the scene where Han Solo demands his payment for transporting the entire crew on his ship, the Millennium Falcon. It is seen when Han Solo is loading it onto the plane.

Animatronic Tauntaun Piece – $9,440

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 44

Date Sold: May 15, 2011

Details: This is one of the tauntauns used during filming on the battle of Hoth. It is fully animatronic when in production and is one of the more unique Star Wars collectibles to date.

Section of Death Star – $10,620

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 37

Date Sold: October 9, 2009

Details: Here was another amazing piece of the Death Star model used during the filming of the original Star Wars movie.

X-Wing Fighter – $13,598

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Prop Store Live Auction of Film & Television Artifacts

Date Sold: October 16, 2014

Details: This was a blocking X-Wing fighter model that was used during the action sequences to set up the scene for filming. It was how they used to direct action sequences without all the fancy technology we have today.

Jabba the Hut Maquette – $15,360

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 74

Date Sold: October 1, 2015

Details: This was the piece that was shown to George Lucas by the design team when creating the Jabba the Hut character for Return of the Jedi. There are not too many of these in existence, in fact, this might be the only one left from the original modeling process.

Death Star Gun Tower – $15,865

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Prop Store Live Auction of Film & Television Artifacts

Date Sold: October 16, 2014

Details: As you may have already seen, the Death Star was huge. This is yet another piece of the Death Star that was used during filming and it is one of the gun towers that was shooting at the X-wing fighters.

Tauntaun Puppet Head – $17,700

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 18, 2010

Details: Every character in the Star Wars movies was created by making a mold of it to show to George Lucas. This is one of the only 3 remaining pieces of the original Tauntaun mold.

Rancor Puppet – $17,700

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 18, 2010

Details: This is the first casting of the Rancor model ever made for Star Wars. It isn’t that big but if we had it, this sucker would be hanging in our office tonight

Death Star Surface Panel – $17,937

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction

Date Sold: September 23, 2015

Details: This marks one of seven pieces of the Death Star that have made the list. It would be interesting to find out if the same person bought all of them to build their very own version.

Section of Death Star – $18,450

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Icons of Hollywood Auction

Date Sold: December 16, 2011

Details: As mentioned previously, the sections of the Death Star were all sold throughout the years in various places and hopefully the winner was the same person trying to build their own version.

Dewback Headpiece – $23,000

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Rock & Film Memorabilia

Date Sold: April 27, 2005

Details: George Lucas owns 1 of the 2 master headpieces of the creature known as a dewback. It was never used in the film.

R2-D2 Dome Cast – $24,429

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Movie: Episode

Auction: Entertainment Memorabilia

Date Sold: December 18, 2013

Details: R2-D2 is probably the coolest Star Wars character and he does not even speak. The value in anything created for the original Star Wars is going to be ridiculous but this dome cast molding of R2-D2 was just plain nuts.

Yoda Rehearsal Puppet – $27,765

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Icons of Hollywood Auction

Date Sold: December 16, 2011

Details: Before Frank Oz unleashed the Yoda character for the film, they had to use this puppet for blocking and to see where and how it would stage for the movie.

Han Solo Stop-Motion Puppet – $35,400

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 18, 2013

Details: Han Solo was played by Harrison Ford so when you see a stop-motion puppet, you must be wondering why. It was used during the opening scenes of Episode V while tauntaun’s carried them threw the snow covered planet of Hoth.

Section of the Death Star – $39,000

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 49

Date Sold: July 31, 2012

Details: If you had a million dollars, would you buy all the pieces of the Death Star and try to build it for yourself?

Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder – $44,250

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: ScreenUsed Fall 2015 Auction

Date Sold: November 21, 2015

Details: This is not the original screen used landspeeder that Luke Skywalker drove during the film but it has been used for promotional reasons, in parades, and was built by one of Hollywood’s best prop creators, Al Eisenmann.

Tauntaun Stop-Motion Puppet – $59,000

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 18, 2010

Details: This is a stop motion armature design of a tauntaun which, at that time, was a giant leap forward in the world of film special effects.

AT-AT Model Vehicle – $70,800

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 43

Date Sold: December 18, 2010

Details: Every kid loved to play with the AT-AT vehicle from Kenner toys. They might have been on the dark side during the fighting, but they are still so much fun to watch.

Turbolaser Tower – $92,250

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Movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 49

Date Sold: July 31, 2012

Details: This is a turbolaser that was used on the new Death Star in the final episode of the Star Wars original trilogy.

Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter – $221,400

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Movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 49

Date Sold: July 31, 2012

Details: It will never get old to own Star Wars movie models, especially of the planes they flew. But owning Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing? That is simply the coolest thing we have heard all day.

X-Wing Fighter – $265,500

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 40

Date Sold: June 11, 2010

Details: This is one of the few surviving X-Wing fighters that were preserved after Episode IV.

TIE Fighter – $402,500

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 32

Date Sold: July 31, 2008

Details: If you noticed the chipped wing it was because this is the TIE fighter that collided with Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter during Episode IV that allowed Luke time to blow up the Death Star.

Blockade Runner – $450,000

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Movie: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Auction: Profiles in History – Hollywood Auction 74

Date Sold: October 1, 2015

Details: The blockade runner was the one in the opening scene of Star Wars that was carrying Princess Leia, R2-D2, and C-3PO. It has always been considered one of the most sought after pieces of Star Wars collectibles and when it was sold just recently, it lived up to the hype and ended up being the most valuable screen-used model ever.