The original Chewbacca head worn by actor Peter Mayhew in the Star Wars movies has been sold for ($176,000) £110,000 at a Hollywood memorabilia auction.
The furry face mask was one of the big sellers at the Profiles in History auction on Tuesday.
Others lots which attracted huge bids included Christopher Reeve’s 1978 Superman costume, which raised £50,000 ($80,000), and the Edward Scissorhands outfit worn by Johnny Depp, which went for £55,000 ($88,000).
A 1938 copy of Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With The Wind, signed by the cast of the classic film adaptation, was sold at the auction for £84,000 ($135,000), Gene Wilder’s 1971 Willy Wonka suit sold for £47,000 ($75,000).
The costume Michael Keaton wore in 1992's Batman Returns reached £20,000 ($32,000).
It consists of a screen-used cowl hairpiece (which encompasses the entire head), and a period-made Stuart Freeborn facial appliance. Judging by the construction of the cowl, it was also most likely used in more than one of the original films of the trilogy. The facial appliance is attached to the cowl and mounted on a period Stuart Freeborn foam Chewbacca head so that the display retains its screen-used appearance. The foam head was originally made by Freeborn to support the facial appliances while they were prepared for i lming on the set. The front jaw, mouth, nose, teeth and tongue that comprise the facial appliance are original period pieces made for the production by Stuart Freeborn, and have been reassembled for the display. The eyes are actual casts of Peter Mayhew’s closed eyes, taken directly from the lifecast that Freeborn made for the trilogy.
Flying Car, 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
The famous flying car driven by Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) <a href="http://www.insideline.com/ford/chitty-chitty-bang-bang-fails-to-soar-at-auction.html" target="_hplink">was sold at auction last year for $805,000,</a> far less than the $1-2 million it was expected to go for.
Aston Martin DB5, 'Goldfinger'
James Bond's favorite mode of transportation sold for an astounding $4.1 million back in 2010. However, this was no ordinary car. <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-10-28/news/27079402_1_aston-martins-goldfinger-and-thunderball-george-lazenby" target="_hplink">As the AP points out</a>, the DB5 came equipped with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear.
Luke's Lightsaber, 'Star Wars'
Obviously, this isn't the first "Star Wars" prop to be auctioned off. However, it is one of the priciest. This Jedi weapon of choice, used by Mark Hamill himself, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1094065/Use-profit-Luke-Lightsaber-used-Luke-Skywalker-Star-Wars-sold-133-000.html" target="_hplink">sold for $212,141 in 2008</a>.
Black Dress, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
Audrey Hepburn's famous sleeveless gown sold for an astonishing $923,187 at a 2006 auction at Christie's. <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6209658.stm" target="_hplink">The dress was one of three made for the actress</a>.
DeLorean DMC-12, 'Back to the Future III'
This would make Doc Brown proud. One of the cars used in the third "Back to the Future" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/27/delorean-sells-for-541k-back-to-the-future_n_1171549.html" target="_hplink">sold for $541,000 in December 2011</a>. (Hoverboard not included.)
Porsche 911 + Racing Suit, 'Le Mans'
This 1971 action film scored not one but two major sales in 2011. First up was the Porsche 911 Steve McQueen drove in the opening scene of the movie, <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/08/20/mcqueen-porsche-911-hammers-for-1-25-million/" target="_hplink">which went for $1.25 million</a>. Three months later, McQueen's racing suit snagged $984,000 -- <a href="http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2011/12/21/records-indeed-steve-mcqueen-le-mans-suit-sells-for-984000/" target="_hplink">way more than its $200,000-$300,000 estimate</a>.
Maltese Falcon, 'The Maltese Falcon'
The "jewel-encrusted statuette" from the classic 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie was sold in 1994 for $398,500 to Ronald Winston, <a href="http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1994-12-07/news/9412070081_1_maltese-falcon-ronald-winston-harry-winston-jewelry" target="_hplink">president of the New York-based Harry Winston jewelry chain</a>.
Blaster, 'Blade Runner'
The futuristic gun used by Deckard (Harrison Ford) in Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece <a href="http://blastr.com/2009/05/blade-runner-gun-auctione.php" target="_hplink">sold for $270,000 in 2009</a>. (Considering it's not a real gun, it likely won't do much to keep the replicants at bay.)