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    Darth Vader helmet among Hollywood treasures in USD10M auction

    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Darth Vader’s helmet from The Empire Strikes Back is among a vast collection of coveted Hollywood treasures going under the hammer next month, with experts predicting it could fetch nearly USD500,000.

    The mask and helmet is one of only a handful worn by actor David Prowse, who played Luke Skywalker’s nemesis and – spoiler alert – father on-screen in the 1980 Star Wars blockbuster, making them the “gold” of science fiction artefacts, according to auction organisers.

    “The catalog estimate is USD250,000-USD450,000, and you never know what something will go for until it crosses the block – it could well exceed that,” said Zach Pogemiller of auctioneer Profiles in History. “Star Wars is always popular. It’s never been hotter than it is right now, with the franchise continuing as strongly as it is.”

    The ‘Icons and Legends of Hollywood’ sale will take place September 25-26 in Los Angeles, with nearly 1,000 lots together expected to sell for over USD10 million.

    It will feature items from some of Tinseltown’s most iconic movies, ranging from Hollywood’s golden age to contemporary action movies and sci-fi.

    Among additional items expected to trigger bidding frenzies are a dress worn by Rose (Kate Winslet) in Titanic, and the DeLorean car smashed by a train in Back to the Future III.

    Darth Vader at the Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels Season 2 finale event at Walt Disney Studios at Walt Disney Studios on March 28, 2016 in Burbank, California. PHOTO: AFP

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