This lot will be sold on Thursday August 27th (day 2 of the auction.) Lots 434-870 will be sold on day 2 (lots 1-433 will be sold on day 1). The auction will begin at 10:00AM PDT. Lots are sold sequentially so there is no preset ending time. A live streaming broadcast of the auction will be available on auction days.
A stormtrooper helmet from George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope. The stormtrooper is one of the most enduring and recurring designs in the Star Wars films, and was originally designed by Ralph McQuarrie and sculpted by Liz Moore.
Approximately 56 standard helmets were created by hand from high-density polyethylene for filming, though only a small number still exist today. The helmets were all finished with glossy white paint, and additional linework and vent details were painted in by hand.
This helmet is a rare example that retains its original first-film painted finish, with the original grey frown (it was not repainted for The Empire Strikes Back as others were.) The ears, mic tips and chinstrap are also original to the film. A replica green eye lens and black rubber strips around the forehead and neck have been added for aesthetic completion. Also included is a Letter of Authenticity on the helmet's background.
Some of the original paintwork has cracked and worn away, most notably on the top, and there is fraying on the chinstrap. There is a crack on the right temple. Helmets with their original first-film paint finish and original ear pieces are exceedingly rare; less than five are believed to exist in private collections, including this never-before-offered example.
Estimate: $60,000 - 80,000
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.