Date: 17th December 2003

Star Wars helmet sells for nearly £20,000

The force has been with a Star Wars stormtrooper's helmet as it sold at auction for around five times more than expected.

Made for the 1977 film, it was valued at between 3,000 and 5,000 but fetched 19,387 amid frenzied bidding.

One of the auction's star lots, a Superman suit, remained firmly grounded and failed to sell.

The red and blue outfit worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the 1978 blockbuster had been estimated to make between 8,000-12,000, but bidding never reached the undisclosed reserve on the costume.

The highest bid was for a Rolex watch worn by George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

It went for 22,912 but had been valued between 5,000-7,000.

Film fans flocked to Christie's in London for the auction house's annual sale of film and entertainment memorabilia.

An Imperial Stormtrooper's blaster gun fetched 3,760.

A spokeswoman for Christie's said they were delighted with the results of the sale despite the failure of the Superman suit.

"It was one of our most successful for a few years in this category," she added.

Also featured was a collection of British award-winning costume designer John Mollo, including his original costume designs for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Alien.

There were pieces from the late actor-turned editor Peter Hunt's collection, including his working scripts for all of the 1960s James Bond films.

Prices included the buyer's premium.

Source: Press Release