The original Darth Vader mask and helmet worn in the "The Empire Strikes Back" movie was sold to a mystery bidder for $900,000 at a Los Angeles house auction.
The rare item was reportedly valued at approximately $250,000 to $500,000 but instead was sold for $898,420. Along with other applicable fees, the bidder paid a total of over $1 million.
The fiberglass and foam head was the most expensive piece of memorabilia to be purchased at the auction. The black and white dress worn by Dorothy in 1939 American movie "The Wizard of Oz" was the second-highest valued movie souvenir after it was purchased for $759,686.
According to online auction site iCollector, the “Original Darth Vader helmet/masks are exceedingly rare and considered the 'Holy Grail' of science fiction artifacts”.
Other film set items, such as the motorcycle seen in Sylvester Stallone's Rocky III and a moon buggy from Sean Connery's Diamonds Are Forever, were also included at the Hollywood memorabilia auction, amounting to nearly $8 million.
Recognized as one of the greatest villains in film history, Darth Vader’s shoulder gear was also auctioned off for around $700,000. In June last year, the original Han Solo firearm from "Return of the Jedi" was sold for $550,000 at an auction. The Panavision PSR 35 mm camera that George Lucas'used to shoot "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" was sold for a reported record-breaking $625,000 at an auction in 2011.