Darth Vader is one of the galaxy's most dangerous villains. I'm a huge Star Wars fan and this right here is a piece of Star Wars history. There is a current auction up on icollector.com for a certified screen used Darth Vader helmet worn by David Prowse in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. This is a holy grail inside the movie world and the Star Wars collector community. The helmet does have some wear and chipping but this helmet is 40 years old. This would be a dream collectible to own and would be a one of a kind piece for any Star Wars collectors base.
The Darth Vader Helmet auction is live till September 26th. Now sit down for this one…the starring bid is $250,000! Yes, this item is for the big league collector class but we'll worry it to own a piece of Star Wars history.
The link to the auction is here.
Check out the pictures and a more specific description below:
489. 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). Darth Vader's helmet 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. $250,000 – $450,000