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Star Wars X-Wing model raises record $3.1 million at auction


A model X-wing fighter used in the first Star Wars film, 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope sold at auction last week for $3.1 million. It is the highest price ever paid for a Star Wars movie prop.

The 22-inch miniature was part of a massive collection of over 500 props, scripts, and Hollywood memorabilia amassed by late visual effects artist Greg Jein.

Jein’s friends discovered the X-wing tucked away in a cardboard box as they sorted through his vast archives spread across storage units in Los Angeles following his death last year.

“The success of this auction was a profound testament to Greg Jein as both a visual-effects master and one of the great collectors,” said Joe Maddalena of Heritage Auctions, which conducted the two-day auction in Dallas.

A space suit from 2001@ A Space Odyssey raised $645,000.

The X-wing was one of four ‘hero’ models built for A New Hope featuring motorized wings, fibre-optic lighting, laser cannons, and cooling systems. A similar prop sold last year for $2.4 million.

Hundreds of science fiction fans attended the event, Heritage’s best-attended sale in years.

The Jein collection netted $13.6 million total, making it the second-highest grossing Hollywood auction behind Debbie Reynolds’ $22 million collection.

Although Jein’s personal passion was Star Trek, for which he built models in the 1980s, the X-wing was for most the star lot.

Almost half of the 500 lots were Star Trek-related. A model of the USS Botany Bay from the original 1960s series sold for $200,000.

A spacesuit from 2001: A Space Odyssey raised $645,000. A Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper costume hit the same price. A collection of over 300 Star Trek scripts by creator Gene Roddenberry also sold for $200,000.

Star Trek and Star Wars are surely the most valuable science fiction series works for collectors. Both have enormous fanbases of dedicated followers. Both used ground-breaking physical visual effects. And both pioneered marketing and monetisation, producing huge numbers of toys and other mass-market collectibles.

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