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Helmets and Nylons

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Big movie memorabilia sale next week:

    Four helmets from the original “Star Wars” blockbuster 25 years ago will vie for top billing with Jack Nicholson’s jacket from “The Shining” and Pierce Brosnan’s Omega watch from “The World is Not Enough” at a movie memorabilia sale next week.

    But they will also have to do battle with a black satin jacket worn by Marilyn Monroe for a 1956 photo shoot, props from the original “Alien” film and Tom Hanks’ replica tommy gun from “Saving Private Ryan” among 217 lots at auction on Tuesday.

    “The Star Wars material is very rare. These helmets are from the original film and were made by Shepperton Design Studios in London,” auction house Christie’s film memorabilia expert Sarah Hodgson told Reuters at a sale preview on Thursday.

    The four items are a white stormtroopers helmet and an Imperial fighter pilot’s helmet — both priced at around $4,700 — an Imperial forces helmet and a prototype rebel fighter pilot’s helmet at around $1,600 each.

    ….They will have to tough it out against mementos of hardy perennial Marilyn Monroe including the black jacket, sheer nylon stockings, photographs, letters, a pair of stiletto shoes and a chiffon scarf priced variously between $945 and $11,000.

    ….Pictures, paintings, storyboards, props, autographs, scripts and garments from movies through the ages complete the wide array of items on sale on December 17.

Relics, talismans, DNA – compelling a a little creepy at the same time.

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