Original Chewbacca headpiece sells for $172,200

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A Chewbacca headpiece used in the production of the original “Star Wars” trilogy sold at auction this weekend in California’s San Fernando Valley for $172,200, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At the Profiles in History auction customers could also bid on props from “Gladiator,” “X-Men,” “Austin Powers,” and “Superman: The Movie.” According to the auction catalogue, the Chewbacca headpiece is the “finest full costume headpiece of Chewbacca from the original trilogy in private hands.”

Also noted in the catalogue, “Judging by the construction of the cowl, it was also most likely used in more than one of the original films of the trilogy.” One would think that for $172,200, there would be more details on this piece of Chewy memorabilia.

Pieces of the Chewbacca head were handmade by “Star Wars” make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, who helped design Chewbacca and Yoda. The sale also included signed pictures from Freeborn and Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the trilogy.

Other “Star Wars” memorabilia going for high prices at the auction included a blaster rifle used on screen for $104,550 and the original concept art for the movie poster for $73,800.

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