Western Daily Press
Over £400,000 raised at Prowse’s Star Wars auction
AN auction of Star Wars memorabilia from the estate of the late Darth Vader actor David Prowse ended up fetching more than £400,000.
As the Western Daily Press reported yesterday, the top-priced item in the sale ended up being the Bristolian actor’s script for the Empire Strikes Back, which sold for £23,000.
Once the sums were done at the end of the night on Tuesday it was calculated that the 600 lots which went under the hammer raised more than £400,000, with Alzheimer’s
Research among the beneficiaries of the sale.
Other lots to collect major prices were a Mark Hamill signed photo (£15,000), a Carrie Fisher signed photo (£11,000), a Star Wars cast list (£10,000) and a replica lightsaber (£10,000).
Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said: “There were some truly out-of-thisworld results.
“We had over 2,000 bidders competing for lots from all around the globe.
“The love for Star Wars is still as strong as it was back in 1977 – and today’s auction was proof of that.
“The fact that Mr Prowse was born just a few miles away from our saleroom is what made this such a special event. It really felt like his collection ‘came home’.
“Today’s results really show how much Mr Prowse was loved by Star Wars fans around the world. From what I know he adored his fans and its very clear his fans adored him.’
“The result of Mr Prowse’s Empire
Strikes Back script is remarkable, but unsurprising. It’s not just a piece of movie memorabilia, but its actually an incredible part of our world history – this is the script used on-set, during the most beloved film in the franchise.
“We had lots of celebrity interest – last week Samuel L Jackson tweeted about the sale, then over the weekend Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker himself ) tweeted about it – it’s been incredible, and a real rollercoaster of emotion.’’