Auction For Princess Leia Gold Bikini Costume Causes More ‘Star Wars’ Buzz

An auction will have the iconic Princess Leia gold bikini costume up for bid later this month, but it is not the only item from the original Star Wars films fans will be able to snag for themselves.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Princess Leia costume is just one of the many Star Wars related items up for auction from Profiles in History. The auction is set for September 29 through October 1, and there is a 680-page auction catalog available that lists all of the items available.

According to ComicBook.com, some other high profile auction notables include “George Reeves’ costume from The Adventures of Superman season 2 (estimated winning bid $100k-$150k), The Fonz’s Triumph Trophy TR5 Motorcycle (same price), a Budweiser Frog puppet ($2,000-3,000), a screen-used Indiana Jones whip ($100k-150k) and even more recent items from HBO like Joffrey’s crown from Game of Thrones ($15k-25k).”

The auction will contain more than 50 items from the Star Wars universe. Some of the other notable items include a model of a Blockade Runner, a prototype Darth Vader helmet, a Naboo blaster, and a Jabba the Hutt maquette. Most of the items come from the personal collection of producer Gary Kurtz.

The Princess Leia costume is generating the most buzz on the Internet. The costume, worn by Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi, is one of the best-recognized items from the Star Wars universe. Leia wore the costume after Jabba the Hutt takes her captive when she goes in to rescue Han Solo on Tatooine.

The costume is often seen in cosplay, and it has been featured on several television shows and movies with female celebrities trying on the iconic gold bikini for themselves. Tech Times reported, “the outfit has become an infamous part of geek culture, immortalized by dozens of girls (and sometimes guys) regularly showing up at conventions in their own “Slave Leia” costume. Jennifer Aniston wore one in a famous, buzz-worthy episode of Friends. Kristen Bell wore a Slave Leia costume in the movie Fanboys.”

Rolling Stone revealed more about the item.

“The costume, designed by Richard Miller, is expected to fetch between $80,000 to $120,000, and is billed as part of “the most important and complete compilation of original Star Wars pieces to have survived production in private hands.” The wares included in the lot were used on set, though the costume seen in the movie was a resized version made to account for actress Carrie Fisher’s weight loss while shooting.”

Carrie Fisher was not a big fan of the costume. She spoke about the gold bikini costume in an interview with Rolling Stone in 1983. She said, “The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry. In Return of the Jedi, she gets to be more feminine, more supportive, more affectionate. But let’s not forget that these movies are basically boys’ fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes.”

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens heading to theaters in December, fan excitement is growing. There is more Star Wars related news flowing out on a consistent basic now. Earlier this month, Disney unveiled the toys and other related merchandise for the film on Force Friday. The Millennium Falcon drone generated the most buzz from that lot.

Fans have wondered what happened to Princess Leia in the Star Wars universe after Return of the Jedi. Over Mental has offered some speculation about the status of Princess Leia when the action picks up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Leia has devoted her life to the New Republic, and she is a general.

However, it does not sound like Leia and Han stayed together long after Return of the Jedi. This might upset fans. This is a deviation from the previously released books from the Star Wars universe. In those books, Han and Leia married four years after the end of Return of the Jedi and had three children together. Fans will need to head to theaters in December to find out the full story. For now, they can sneak a peek at Leia’s look for the new film.

This is not the first time the iconic Princess Leia costume has generated buzz in recent months. Earlier this summer, there was controversy over an action figure of Leia wearing the costume. Some parents felt that the action figure was inappropriate for children.

Carrie Fisher defended the action figure on her own Twitter account.

What do you think of the Princess Leia costume going up for auction? Would you want to add this to your own collection of Star Wars memorabilia?

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