Darth Vader's Original 'The Empire Strikes Back' Mask & Helmet Sells for $900k USD (UPDATE)

A massive increase over the original $250k-450k USD estimate.

By
Entertainment
31,598 Hypes 1 Comments

UPDATE (Sep. 29, 2019): Just weeks after the iconic Darth Vader mask from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back hit the auction block with an estimated value between $250,000-$450,000 USD, the mask and helmet set has been sold for $900,000 USD. Coupled with fees from the iCollector auction house, the buyer is said to have paid over $1 million USD for the grail-like headgear.

The mask remains part of one of the largest cinematic twists in pop culture history, wherein Luke Skywalker finds out that the main enemy he and his Rebel cause have been fighting all along, is actually his father. The shoulder gear, which was also apart of the Hollywood memorabilia auction, sold for roughly $700,000 USD.

ORIGINAL STORY (Sep. 4, 2019): The Star Wars franchise is undoubtedly one of the most important epics to ever grace the entertainment industry. However, the second installment (albeit the fifth episode), The Empire Strikes Back, is arguably the best of the films, vividly capturing everything from love to loss, to pain and fear. The film was one of the first times fans were able to humanize the relationship between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, maintaining itself as one of the most pivotal relationships ever depicted on screen. In an opportune moment for fans and collectors alike, Darth Vader’s mask and helmet from the film (once worn by David Prowse and depicted on-screen) are now up for auction.

Expected to fetch between $250,000 USD and $450,000 USD, Darth Vader’s skull-like helmet and mask from the film is a universally recognized relic within pop culture. Both pieces have been crafted from fiberglass, painted in a dark metallic gray that features various black accents. The interior of the mask has been marked with “1” to ensure it was put on prior to the helmet. The aluminum “atmospheric sensors” at the vent’s sides and the PVC fitting that connected both the helmet and mask are missing. However, much of the original features are present outside of general wear and aging, still making it an incredibly desirable piece.

The set is currently available for bidding on iCollector’s website, which is set to finish on September 26.

For more related news, a full production-made Darth Vader suit also hit the auction block earlier this year.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Kanye West Joins Chance the Rapper for "The Big Tour" Chicago Stop
Music

Kanye West Joins Chance the Rapper for "The Big Tour" Chicago Stop

The two graced fans with a performance of Chance’s “All We Got.”

BoJack Horseman Writes From Rehab in Final Season Trailer
Entertainment

BoJack Horseman Writes From Rehab in Final Season Trailer

Netflix reveals that Season 6 will be the series’ last.

HAVEN's First FW19 Delivery Spotlights Technical Materials
Fashion

HAVEN's First FW19 Delivery Spotlights Technical Materials

Blending workwear and military aesthetics.


HEAD PORTER Rebrands Itself as RAMIDUS (UPDATE)
Fashion

HEAD PORTER Rebrands Itself as RAMIDUS (UPDATE)

Officially opening in former HEAD PORTER stores October 11.

CJ Fly Drops Caribbean-Influenced "Rudebwoy" Video With Joey Bada$$
Music

CJ Fly Drops Caribbean-Influenced "Rudebwoy" Video With Joey Bada$$

The first single off his upcoming solo album.

Sudan Archives Shares Powerful New Video for "Confessions" (UPDATE)
Music

Sudan Archives Shares Powerful New Video for "Confessions" (UPDATE)

The artist’s debut album will drop early November.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.

Help Support Us

We need ads to keep the lights on and to continue providing free news to our readers. We’d appreciate your support by whitelisting HYPEBEAST on your ad blocker. That way you can keep reading all the great stories for free.

If you have already whitelisted us, simply refresh this page. To find out how to whitelist us, click the button below.

Back

Add Us to Whitelist

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads. Most ad blockers have similar whitelisting steps and settings. If you need assistance, please contact us.

Adblock Plus

  1. Click on the red ABP icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
  2. Click “Enabled on this site” to disable ad blocking for the current site. In Firefox click “disable on HYPEBEAST”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Adblock

  1. Click the AdBlock hand icon.
  2. Click “Don’t run on pages on this domain”.
  3. A new “Don’t run AdBlock on…” dialog may be displayed in the middle of the screen.
  4. Move the “Site” slider to the right. After that, click “Exclude”.
  5. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

uBlock

  1. Click the uBlock icon.
  2. Click the large blue “power” button in the menu that appears to whitelist the current website.
  3. Reload the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.

Firefox Browser

Firefox Tracking Protection may activate our whitelist notice, which can be disabled temporarily for a browsing session by clicking the shield icon in the URL bar and following the instructions.

Disconnect

  1. Click the Disconnect icon.
  2. Click “Whitelist site”.
  3. Refresh the HYPEBEAST page that you were viewing.