Wednesday 26 September 2018

Ben Hur, Star Wars and Terminator props among silver screen gems up for sale

Who will buy the lightsaber used by Obi-Wan Kenboi or the leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger?

A 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle used in the film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Profiles in History via AP)
A 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle used in the film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Profiles in History via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

More than 2,000 pieces of movie memorabilia including costumes and props used by James Dean and the lightsabre wielded by Obi-Wan Kenboi in Star Wars are headed to the auction block.

Profiles in History said the items, which include a practice chariot used during production of Ben Hur, the leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first Terminator film and a nightgown used by Olivia de Havilland during Gone With The Wind filming are among the sale items.

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A lightsaber used by Alec Guinness in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Profiles in History via AP)

The Icons And Legends of Hollywood auction is scheduled for June 5 to 8 in Los Angeles.

Profiles in History says it is also selling the Harley Davidson that Schwarzenegger rode during Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Numerous other pieces of sci-fi film memorabilia are included in the sale, including a space suit worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien and the flamethrower she used in the sequel, Aliens.

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A practice chariot used by Charlton Heston in the 1959 film Ben-Hur (Profiles in History via AP)

Several Star Wars pieces are also due to be sold, including a 46-inch tall model of the Death Star used in Return Of The Jedi and models of C-3PO and Darth Vader created by effects house Industrial Light and Magic.

Star Trek costumes and props from several of the franchise’s motion pictures are also included.

A tuxedo worn during filming of Giant is one of several Dean items also slated to be sold, as is a dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in the film.

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A nightgown worn by Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind and a loincloth worn by Johnny Weissmuller in the 1932 film Tarzan (Profiles in History via AP)

Some of the items for sale date back to film’s early era, including a suede loincloth worn by Johnny Weissmuller in the 1932 film Tarzan The Ape Man.

Several of the auction’s marquee items will be on display in New York at The Society of Illustrators from May 15 to 19.

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