Entertainment NewsStar Wars’ Priciest Auctioned Prop: The $3.1m X-Wing Tops R2-D2

Star Wars’ Priciest Auctioned Prop: The $3.1m X-Wing Tops R2-D2


Key Takeaways:

* A model of the X-Wing, used in the original Star Wars film, auctioned for a record-breaking $3.1 million.
* Famed model designer Greg Jein created the highest-grossing prop.
* An R2-D2 prop also fetched an impressive $2.76 million at a 2017 auction.
* Despite its iconic status, Luke Skywalker's blue lightsaber sold for a modest $450,000.
* Squid Game star Lee Jung-jae is set to appear in the next Star Wars series, ‘The Acolyte.'

Auctioning Star Wars Props: A Galactically Costly Affair

Since its debut in 1977, Star Wars continues to draw , young and old, into its galaxy far, far away. The iconic original trilogy, renowned for its imagination and creativity, holds an unparalleled status in the science fiction genre. It's no surprise then that props from the fetch astronomical sums at auction. The most lucrative of all, so far, has been a model of the X-Wing fighter, which sold for an unprecedented $3.1 million.

Meeting the Record-Breaker: The X-Wing Model

Renowned designer Greg Jein created the X-Wing model for 1977's Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Used in the thrilling Battle of Yavin sequence, the prop became an integral part of the film. Its importance to the Star Wars universe and the craftsmanship involved in its creation undoubtedly contributed to its high auction value.

The famed X-Wing model was included in a dual auction organized in October 2023. Here, various items from Jein's collection, ranging from models to memorabilia, became a hit among Star Wars enthusiasts and collectors.

Even Iconic Droids and Lightsabers Had Their Day

Reported by AV Club, this auction wasn't the first time Star Wars props had commanded hefty price tags. In 2017, an R2-D2 prop, a beloved character from the films, sold for a robust $2.76 million. Surprisingly, the famed blue lightsaber of Luke Skywalker garnered a rather modest $450,000 at the same event.

Star Wars: The Acolyte Introduces Twist of Mystery Thriller and Acclaimed Cast

Apart from exciting auctions, the Star Wars franchise continues to expand. Up next is ‘Star Wars: The Acolyte,' a series set a century before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. This mystery thriller, a departure from Star Wars' traditional storytelling format, already raises interest due to a remarkable cast.

A standout element is the casting of Lee Jung-jae from the worldwide-hit series ‘Squid Game.' Showrunner Leslye Headland acknowledged in a YouTube video her appreciation of Lee's exceptional acting skills. The ability to portray a wide range of emotions quickly and convincingly made him the ideal choice for the role of the Jedi Master, Sol.

Accompanying Lee is a star-studded lineup featuring , Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Charlie Barnett, Jodie Turner-Smith, Joonas Suotamo, and Carrie-Anne Moss. The anticipation builds for the series slated for a Disney+ release on June 4, 2024.

In conclusion, the Star Wars fan-base's dedication remains unfaltering, decades after the franchise's launch. High auction prices for props and wide anticipation for new series like ‘The Acolyte' testify to the long-standing fascination with 's galaxy far, far away. As the saga continues, Star Wars shows no signs of losing its appeal among a global .

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