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Star Wars stormtrooper helmet, Jurassic Park dinosaur skulls up for auction

Star Wars stormtrooper helmet, Jurassic Park dinosaur skulls up for auction

An employee of Prop Store poses for a photograph with an Ewok mask, a stormtroopers' helmet and a prototype of a Tusken Raider mask at a preview of a film and tv memorabilia sale in London, Britain, Sep 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls)

Jurassic Park dinosaur skulls, a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet and Monty Python's holy hand grenade are among movie memorabilia going under the hammer in London this month at an auction organisers expect to exceed 6 million pounds (S$10.3 million).

Also on sale will be Jack Nicholson's axe from The Shining and his purple Batman Joker costume.

Syd Wragg, who wore this stormtrooper helmet in the film Star Wars: A New Hope, tries on the helmet again at a preview of a film and tv memorabilia sale in London, Britain, Sep 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls?

One of the key pieces is a stormtrooper helmet from the original 1977 Star Wars film, expected to fetch up to 180,000 pounds (S$308,966) by specialist movie memorabilia retailer Prop Store.

Despite the thin padding and dodgy visor of the original costume, actor Syd Wragg looked delighted to be reunited with it on Wednesday (Sep 18) for the first time since he wore it on set. His name, still visible, is marked in pen on its interior.

Stephen Lane, CEO of Prop Store, poses for a photograph with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail at a preview of a film and tv memorabilia sale in London, Britain, Sep 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls)

Although there was no bang when the pin from the "Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" was removed, sellers hope for an explosion of interest in the Monty Python And The Holy Grail piece as the British comedy celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

"In true Monty Python style, this is actually built from a ballcock from a toilet system," said Stephen Lane, of the Prop Store, which is organising the auction.

Prop Store have put around 250 of the 900 lots on display at the BFI Imax building in Waterloo, south London, where the auction will be held.

An employee of Prop Store poses for a photograph with the Joker's costume, worn by Jack Nicholson, from the film Batman at a preview of a film and tv memorabilia sale in London, Britain, Sep 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Peter Nicholls)

Fans of the latest outing of Joker might be in for a surprise with the more jovial multi-coloured costume on display from Jack Nicholson's turn as the character in Batman. The particular shade of purple was chosen by Nicholson himself to match that of the LA Lakers basketball team, Lane said.

The two-day auction is set for Sep 30 to Oct 1, with the public free to view the lots until then.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr

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