Original Chewbacca head sees 75% increase in Dreier Collection sale



2015-06-26 12:56:14

Original Chewbacca head sees 75% increase in Dreier Collection sale

The original Star Wars Chewbacca head topped important memorabilia on July 27

The head from the original Chewbacca costume has sold as top lot in the long-awaited Dreier Collection auction, with a 75% increase on estimate.

Chewbacca costume head Peter Mayhew

The sale saw just the first part of Chad Dreier's remarkable entertainment memorabiliacollection, featuring some of the most sought after and important items from both music and movies. Several further auctions will follow as the Ryland Homes CEO shares his incredible collection with eager bidders. The Chewbacca head is the finest full costume headpiece from the original trilogy in private hands, although it is not certain from which of the films it originates. It consists of a screen-used cowl hair piece that encompasses the entire head and a period-made facial appliance. Accompanied by signed pictures of actor Peter Mayhew and make-up artist Stuart Freeborn, it sold for $140,000 against a $60,000-80,000 estimate. Also featuringin the array of Star Wars memorabilia was a screen-used firing Stormtrooper DLT-19 heavy blaster riflethat appearedin Episode IV: A New Hope.It sold for $85,000 against a $50,000 high estimate - a 70% increase. Paul Fraser Collectibles has a piece of Krayt Dragon bone from Episode IV currently on offer, which is available at a fantastic price. Following theStar Wars memorabiliawas a large-scalemodel of the Nautilus submarine from Disney's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. The 11-footreplica was built by master model-maker Scott Brodeen and commanded more than 1,000 man hours and over $100,000 in labour alone. It sold for $130,000, achieving a 62.5% increase on its $80,000 high estimate. One of the most exciting lots came from Michael Jackson's costume for the Bad World Tour, which stands among his most iconic outfits. Created by Los Angeles stylists Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, who worked with Jackson for over 20 years, it brought $120,000. Also among the Michael Jackson items was the crme fedora that the King of Pop wore for his Smooth Criminal music video, which sold marginally above its $6,000 estimate at $6,500. We are currently offering a Michael Jackson worn sequinned jacket which perfectly captures his iconic style. Download your free Michael Jackson investment report to find out why collectors are keen to invest in his legacy.

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