Star Wars - Ep V - The Empire Strikes Back

Lot #703 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Phil Tippett Collection: Luke and Han on Tauntaun Stop-Motion Puppet Armature

Stock #127278

This lot will be sold on Wednesday 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 Luke and Han on Tauntaun stop-motion puppet armature from the production of Irvin Kershner's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) saved Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) from death on the ice planet Hoth by stashing him inside Luke's Tauntaun.

A single tauntaun and rider stop-motion puppet were made for the film, with multiple costumes for the rider enabling it to play as Luke or Han. This lot comes from the film's stop-motion animator and miniature and optical effects artist, Phil Tippett, who worked on the development of the Tauntaun and animated the stop-motion Tauntaun puppet for the film. This custom-made intricate stop-motion armature was custom made for the film by Tom St. Amand and is mounted to a base marked "Luke & Han Tauntaun Ride Armature Empire" in ink.

It is in good overall condition with some rust and grime on the metal from age and handling. Includes a letter of authenticity from Phil Tippett.

Dimensions: 3" x 3" x 9 1/2" (7.75 cm x 7.75 cm x 24.25 cm)

Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

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

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