Star Wars - Ep V - The Empire Strikes Back

Lot # 472 - Live Auction 2017 - Darth Vader Promotional Tour Helmet

Stock #72721

A Darth Vader helmet from promotional touring appearances during the release of Irvin Kershner's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Lucasfilm commissioned a number of studio-quality Darth Vader costumes for use in publicity and marketing of the film including public and press appearances. The helmet was likely also used for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi-era promotional events.

Cast from original production moulds, this two-piece helmet is made of fibreglass and is painted black and grey. The mask consists of a faceplate and a dome, which attaches to the top of the faceplate and forms the back of the helmet. Inside the mask are acrylic lenses which are screwed in place, with foam pads at the cheeks, forehead, and scalp for actor comfort. The mask includes adjustable nylon straps to secure to the head. Written inside the mask is the number '5' in yellow paint and '15' in red paint. The piece shows minor wear due to use on tour and age, with small breaks in the fibreglass and scratches to the paint. Dimensions (faceplate): 22 cm x 23 cm x 36 cm (8 1/2" x 9" x 14"); (dome): 35 cm x 38 cm x 30 cm (13 3/4" x 15" x 12"); (case): 66 cm x 58 cm x 53 cm (26" x 23" x 21")

£30,000 - 50,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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