This Star Wars memorabilia might be in the running for the most expensive bikini ever sold, thanks to Star Wars’ Princess Leia.
Last month, Inquisitr reported that Princess Leia’s iconic slave bikini in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was announced for auction at Profiles in History, alongside several more Star Wars props and memorabilia. The iconic Star Wars skimpy metal bikini that Princess Lia wore in Return of the Jedi was one of, if not the most controversial and talked-about item in the collection, that auctioneers pegged the price of Princess Leia’s Star Wars costume at $80,000-$100,000.
The auctioneers weren’t failed by Star Wars fans anyway, since the auction just ended and someone is taking home Princess Leia’s Star Wars slave bikini for $96,000. One of the most iconic scenes that the Star Wars slave bikini gained exposure was the time Princess Leia (played by Carrie Fisher) sat chained beside Jabba The Hutt in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Profiles of History opened the auction online for the Star Wars slave bikini on October 1 starting with a base price of $80,000 and closed on Friday at $16,000 more than the original base price set. However, the name and identity of the auction winner was not disclosed, either to protect the winner from unwanted attention or to hide him/her from the shame of fantasizing about a several-decades-old bikini from Star Wars.
Princess Leia’s slave bikini in Star Wars was sold complete with the collar, several chain links from the outfit, and a letter of authenticity from Star Wars costume designer Richard Miller, who also worked for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic.
While $96,000 is a huge price for a skimpy bikini, even one that a Star Wars princess wore, it is not the highest-fetching Star Wars item in the auction by Profiles of History. According to CNN Money, the highest selling Star Wars item in the auction was another item associated with Princess Leia: a miniature model of Princess Leia’s Blockade Runner. Princess Leia’s Blockade Runner was the first ever flying ship seen in the Star Wars franchise and the article that was sold at the auction was the actual miniature size Blockade Runner which was used for the film’s special effects. Opening at $200,000, the Blockade Runner fetched more than double its original base price and has set the record for the highest sale price of any Star Wars item in Profiles of History’s auctions. Princess Leia’s miniature Blockade Runner sold this week for $450,000.
Princess Leia’s actress Carrie Fisher is again set to make an appearance in the upcoming Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it has sparked rumors that her daughter, Billie Lourd, will be the one playing a younger Princess Leia in the J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars film. But Lourd has already denied these rumors in May.
In another Star Wars news, Star Wars fans who didn’t have the budget to fight it out with serious Star Wars collectors had the chance to go gaga over new Star Wars merchandise on Force Friday on September 4.
Force Friday was a special event that launched toys and merchandise tied to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Fans flocked to Disney stores, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target stores in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco at midnight to kick off Force Friday.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be hitting the big screens December 18 and it is expected to be the biggest blockbuster event of 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which will bring back Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C3PO.
[Images via Lucasfilm and Profiles of History]