Western Daily Press

Over £400,000 raised at Prowse’s Star Wars auction

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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.’’

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 ??  ?? Actor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original three
Star Wars films; left, a signed picture of Carrie Fisher which sold for £11,000 at the auction
Actor David Prowse who played Darth Vader in the original three Star Wars films; left, a signed picture of Carrie Fisher which sold for £11,000 at the auction
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A lightsaber that sold for £9,000

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