It’s getting awfully expensive to collect authentic, screen-used Star Wars memorabilia these days, especially if you’re a fan of Harrison Ford. Earlier this year his Han Solo DL-44 heavy blaster prop, the one used in Return of the Jedi, sold to Ripley’s Believe it or Not for over $500,000 at a Julien’s Auctions event. Up for grabs this time around is his Han Solo jacket worn in The Empire Strikes Back, estimated to go for over a cool million.
The jacket is part of Prop Store’s collection and will be sold at its annual auction of both movie and television memorabilia, held this year in London on September 20. How the Prop Store even came to possess the jacket is a story in and of itself, as it apparently sat in plain sight for years without anyone ever guessing at its importance or value.
“The Han Solo jacket actually surfaced in a costume rental house a number of years ago,” Antiques Roadshow appraiser Gary Sohmers told Bloomberg. “It was made for The Empire Strikes Back by a relatively small costume vendor in the U.K., and it was produced on a made-to-hire basis, meaning it went back into their rental stock afterwards.”
Well, the Prop Store has it now, and it is expected to fetch nearly a quarter of the $4.6 million total estimated value of the memorabilia up for auction. The lot also includes a First Order Stormtrooper helmet worn in last year’s The Last Jedi, set to go for upwards of $66,000. But if you’re a Harrison Ford fan, there’s something even more enticing on the auction block: the very fedora he wore in Raiders of the Lost Ark. That one will run you a little less than the Bespin jacket, at the low, low bargain price of $400,000.
With the Skywalker saga coming to an end with next year’s Episode IX, and the limited availability of screen used, authentic memorabilia as it is, collector’s items like these are going to be harder and harder to come by. I suggest your start saving your pennies now if you ever hope to add a piece of Star Wars history to your own collection.