Star Wars: Mega-rare memorabilia goes on sale

Last updated at 11:36

An auction house is selling some memorabilia from the original Star Wars trilogy, from the head of Darth Vader to a rare Star Wars Christmas card.

At the moment everyone is talking about Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and in particular baby Yoda, but if anyone wants a bit of the original Star Wars films, A big auction company called Sotheby's is selling art pieces and classic toys from the time.

Star Wars film hit the cinemas in May 1977 and in the years following eight further films have been produced.

Star Wars items can fetch a lot of money, as proven by the Darth Vader costume which went for a whooping £1.5 million.

It was the first film to introduce merchandise globally as a way to increase a film's popularity and make more money.

Here are some of the iconic items on sale.

Star Wars poster

This 1976 poster, signed by Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill was the first poster produced for the 1977 Star Wars. It is estimated to get £5,000- £8,000.

Howard Chaykin, a comic artist, was commissioned to design this advance poster and in 1976 it was distributed at the San Diego Comic-Con in an attempt to create interest in the film.

Even at just $1 the posters did not sell well.

If you look closely you can see Mark's signature on the leg.

The Empire Strike Back toy figures

These The Empire Strikes Back Toy figures and Millennium Falcon were from a toy shop display in the 1980s.

At the centre of the display is the Millennium Falcon, surrounded by a number of hand-painted figures in , including R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

It is estimated to get £7,000-10,000 in auction.

'Bring me the head of Darth Vader'

Darth Vader is one of the scariest villains of all time. This is not a scene from one of the films, but a sculpture created by artist Clive Barker.

Called 'Bring Me the Head of Darth Vader', the powerful Jedi is depicted in aluminium.

The Empire Strikes Back Christmas card

If C-3PO and R2-D2 look a bit out of place that's because they've been moved from the galaxy far away to a traditional Christmas scene.

This 1980 card is estimated to get £100-200! A bit more than your average Christmas card!

Your Comments

Join the conversation

This entry is now closed for comments.