The Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia Auction held on September 30 and October 1, 2019 in London was loaded with highly desirable material. Screen-used props, costumes, and production material from popular movies and television shows inspired competitive bidding, leading to major sales.
The auction contained several items from Star Wars movies, with Ralph McQuarrie’s hand-painted illustration art of Darth Vader arriving at the Death Star for Return of the Jedi flying to £172,200 (about $213,675). A screen-matched Tantive IV Stormtrooper helmet from Star Wars: A New Hope rose to £159,900 ($198,412).
Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker production-made lightsaber from A New Hope hit £147,600 ($183,150). Another lightsaber sale was Samuel L. Jackson’s Mace Windu lightsaber from Revenge of the Sith, which achieved £86,100 ($106,837). A light-up remote control R2-BHD droid from Rogue One and a light-up remote control R2-X2 droid from Solo: A Star Wars Story each went for £135,300 ($167,887).
The axe Jack Nicholson used in The Shining sold for £172,200 ($213,675). Taking one of the auction’s top spots, it sold for nearly three times the preauction estimate. A Joker costume worn by Jack Nicholson in Batman reached £73,800 ($91,575). Russell Crowe’s Maximus’ screen-matched general armor from Gladiator hit £67,650 ($83,943).
Science fiction-related titles saw many high results, including the light-up 2015 Nike MAGs worn by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II that brought £65,190 ($80,891). A science officer costume that Leonard Nimoy wore as Spock in Star Trek realized £61,500 ($76,312). A Jurassic Park prototype cane for John Hammond ended at £52,275 ($64,865).