When George Lucas agreed to write and direct Star Wars in the 1970s at a smaller fee in exchange for 100% rights to merchandising. He took the gamble, and it paid off because Star Wars became a global phenomenon. The income from toys inspired by a galaxy that exists so far away turned Lucas into a multi-billionaire. In 2012, he sold his company to Disney, and the company now controls Star Wars toys, spinoffs, video games, and sequels. Specific top-rated Star Wars action figures fetch unbelievable amounts in the resale market. Their high prices put them out of reach of ordinary people, but maybe lucky winners of the Michigan lottery could afford these items. So, what are the most expensive pieces of Star Wars memorabilia? Here are the top six:
6. Jawa figure with a vinyl cape
Cost: 16,500 USD
What makes this Jawa figurine unique is its cape. This would have been an ordinary figure, but because of its vinyl cape, it is precious. It is believed that there are only six Jawa figures with vinyl capes in the whole world. It is for this reason that an American collector paid 16,500 USD for this figure at a recent auction.
5. Chewbacca film-ready head
Cost: 172,200 USD
It is usually impressive to have a 1.50USD figure selling for over 10000 times its original price. However, film-worn props usually attract big money in the resale market. For example, the Chewbacca worn by Peter Mayhew, which is also one of the five costumes created for the movies, was sold at 140,000 USD plus an additional 32200 USD buyer’s premium.
4. Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber (Episode IV)
Cost: 240,000 USD
Lightsabers are trendy props associated with Star Wars. In this regard, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber is undoubtedly the most outstanding of them all! The item was sold from Gary Kurtz’s collection in a 2018 auction. The highest bidder paid 240,000 USD for the item.
3. SnowTrooper Helmet (Episode V)
Cost: 276,750 USD
This item is treasured because it is the only helmet known to have hit the Star Wars memorabilia market. Additionally, this majestic Snow Trooper helmet was worn in the crucial battles that happened in Hoth in Episode V. the Snow Trooper Helmet is one of the most sought-after items in the market. In July 2012, it went for 225000 USD plus a 23% buyer’s fee. How much do you think the Snow Trooper Helmet would cost in 2021? Your guess is as good as mine!
2. Miniature TIE Fighter (Episode IV)
Cost: 402400 USD
Every Star Wars fan knows the TIE fighter battle in Episode IV very well. Whoever landed this piece owns a treasure. You see, this is not a regular old TIE fighter; this is the one that collided with Darth Vader in the secreted depths of the Death Star. It’s no wonder they paid that much for the item.
1. George Lucas’ Panavision Camera (Episode IV)
Cost: 625,000 USD
The Panavision camera that George Lucas used to film A New Hope is the most expensive piece of Star Wars memorabilia. So in demand was this item that although it was listed at a price around 200,000 USD, it ended up selling for over three times that amount. Whoever owns this piece owns a valuable piece of Star Wars history.