Darth Vader's Screen-Used Helmet From Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Goes up for Auction

Are you a Star Wars fan with $250,000 to spend? If so, iCollector has an item for you! The online collectibles auction is boasting a Darth Vader helmet worn onscreen by David Prowse in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Here’s the listing’s description:

“David Prowse ‘Darth Vader’ screen used signature mask and helmet from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. (TCF, 1980) Without question, Darth Vader is one of the greatest villains ever portrayed on film. His angular, skull-like mask and helmet has been lifted to iconic status and is universally recognized as a symbol of evil in pop culture. Both the mask and helmet are constructed of fiberglass. The Mask is painted in dark metallic gray with black accents; its interior is marked with a '1' in white paint with worn foam rubber padding and tinted plastic lenses. Two of the original three elastic straps are present to secure the mask to David Prowse's head. The top of the mask originally secured to the jet-black helmet with a circular PVC connection (now missing; the three screw holes used to attach the PVC fitting are present). For added security, the mask's forehead attached to the inner portion of the helmet with Velcro (still present on the helmet's interior, but only the adhesive remnants remain on the mask, and remain hidden behind the helmet). The helmet's interior is marked with a ‘3’ in brown paint. Interior metal mesh behind the triangular respiratory vent and 'chin grille' are missing, as are the turned aluminum ‘atmospheric sensors’ at either side of the vent. Exhibiting some chipping on lower edges and right 'cheek' from production use. Remnants of adhesive used to attach the mask to the helmet are still present on the interior. Original Darth Vader helmet/masks are exceedingly rare and considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of science fiction artifacts."

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Currently, there are no bids for the helmet, but the live auction starts in 20 days.

If you don’t have a spare $250,000, there are plenty of cheaper ways to get your Star Wars thrills. Galaxy’s Edge is officially open in both California and Florida, and lots of new viewing content is coming this year. Star Wars: The Mandalorian is premiering on Disney+ on November 12th, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker finally hits theaters on December 20th.