A December 16 sale entitled Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction is to offer an original X-Wing Fighter filming miniature that was used in 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - the first Star Wars film.
Crossing the block in Hollywood, the remarkable piece will be sold with an $80,000-120,000 estimate as one of the most valuable lots of the sale. It leads an extraordinary collection of Star Wars memorabilia, which spans all six films of the series.
Measuring 22 inches by 18 inches, the filming miniature originates from the climatic rebel assault on the Death Star, where numerous X-Wing Fighters are exploded using pyrotechnics. Unlike most of the models used for filming, which were shot in an unpainted state due to filming constraints, this example is fully painted, suggesting it is one of the earlier miniatures built for the film.
The piece was consigned to auction with impeccable provenance, having been part of the collection of a "multiple Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor", who acquired it from one of the key members of the visual effects crew working on the film. It is in good condition, with minor chips that were added during production.
Also featuring is Luke Skywalker's stunt lightsaber, which was used during the filming of Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The production-made, cast resin model can be seen in the epic final battle against Darth Vader and was consigned from the estate of model maker Wesley Seeds, who worked on the film. It is expected to see bids in the region of $30,000-50,000.
Another lightsaber that was used by Luke Skywalker in both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back was sold by the same auction house for $209,000 in 2008, spelling great results for the present lot.
Paul Fraser Collectibles also has an original prop from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope for sale. For more of the latest on collecting movie memorabilia from auctions across the world, sign up to our free weekly newsletter.