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‘Star Wars’ prop goes for big bucks

Stormtrooper helmet from “The Empre Strikes Back” sells for big bucks.
Stormtrooper helmet from “The Empre Strikes Back” sells for big bucks. AP

I’ve often wondered if I had tons of money, would I be willing to spend huge dollars to own a piece of the “Star Wars” movies.

Some one has a lot of money because at a recent Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia Live auction, $120,000 was paid by the top bidder to own a Stormtrooper helmet used in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”

It is one of only handful of helmets in private collections.

Prop Store was started in 1998 by Stephen Lane. The business is dedicated to the collection and auctioning of memorabilia from TV shows and films. Darth Vader’s lightsaber, Mr. Spock’s costume and Indiana Jones’ bullwhip are just a few of the items the team have uncovered over the years.

Other items sold at the auction included an Ambassador-Class Starship model miniature from “Star Trek” that sold for $57,000 and the Witch King’s Daggar from “The Lord of the Rings” for $55,000.

It would be hard to spend this kind of money.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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