One of Star Wars’ most memorable costumes has been auctioned off for a whopping $96,000, a.k.a £63,000.
The gold bikini worn by Carrie Fisher in 1983 Star Wars sequel, The Return of the Jedi was bought by an anonymous bidder at a Hollywood auction house on the 2nd October.
Fisher wore the outfit when she played Princess Leia in a scene where she is a ‘slave’ at Jabba the Hutt’s palace on the desert planet of Tatooine.
The winning bidder received the full slave costume including a collar and several chain links. Plus, the prized piece came with a letter of authenticity from the original costume designer Richard Miller.
Think £63,000 is a lot of dollar to drop on a piece of film memorabilia? Well, another bidder spent a crazy £300,000 at the same auction on a miniature model of Leia’s “Blockade Runner”, the first spaceship seen in 1977’s Star Wars. Total madness.
Hollywood memorabilia is big business and at the three day auction the record price for a TV costume was reached. Actor George Reeves’ 1953-54 Superman costume sold for $216,000, approx £140,000.
Fisher – who is returning to the Star Wars franchise in the new film, The Force Awakens – spoke out about the famous bikini at the Hay Festival last year. Appearing alongside original co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill the conversation quickly turned to that costume. And Fisher confirmed she never had any intention of keeping the outfit in her wardrobe.
“Why would I keep a stupid outfit like that? So that years later I could say to you I have it?” she asked.
Good point indeed, but a thought the mystery buyer clearly doesn’t share.
By Elizabeth Bennett