‘Star Wars’ X-Wing figurine sells for £1.9m at auction

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ILM Red Leader X-wing miniature model matches the screen from Star Wars: A New Hope (Propstore)

A miniature model of X-wing appeared on screen in 1977 star wars sold at auction for $2,375,000 (£1,938,000), far exceeding its list price of $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The display-matching Red Leader X-wing was one of many lots sold on day one of Propstore’s entertainment memorabilia live auction, which runs for four days at their US headquarters in June 21 to 24, 2022.

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Other big sellers include an on-screen matching Wilson volleyball that appeared with Tom Hanks in the 2000 film Castaway which sold for $187,500 (£153,000), Henry Jones Sr’s Grail Diary of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) which grossed $187,500 (£153,000), and a Mjolnir wielded by Chris Hemsworth in 2011 Thor (2011) which sold for $162,500 (£132,600).

Tom Hanks finds friendship in the form of a volleyball named Wilson in Cast Away.  (20th Century Fox/DreamWorks)

Tom Hanks finds friendship in the form of a volleyball named Wilson in Cast Away. (20th Century Fox/DreamWorks)

The Red Leader X-wing – which is 22 inches long – was used by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) during the production of Star Wars.

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Red Leader featured heavily in the film’s final battle sequence: the Death Star attack. The character wore a unique gold-colored helmet, and his X-wing fighter was marked with a single red stripe on each wing, signifying his call sign was Red One.

The X-wing, like many star wars, was born from a concept of Lucas himself. He envisioned the ship as a dragster with a long body and a pilot at the rear, and early concept designer Colin Cantwell was credited with adding the X-shaped wings.

Cantwell also built the first physical prototype of the craft. Cantwell sadly passed away earlier this year.

ILM Red Leader X-wing miniature model matches the screen from Star Wars: A New Hope (Propstore)

ILM Red Leader X-wing miniature model to match the screen from Star Wars: A New Hope (Propstore)

From there, visual effects art director Joe Johnston refined the design of the famous ship known today.

True star wars the models are among the rarest artifacts from the films, and are thought to be the only intact X-wing model from the original Star Wars that exists in a private collection.

A miniature of the 1976 Pyro X-Wing Starfighter model matched with the 1977 film

A miniature of the 1976 Pyro X-Wing Starfighter model matched with the 1977 movie Star Wars: A New Hope is displayed at Propstore. (AFP via Getty Images)

No other high quality pyro models are known to have survived filming, and the surviving hero models are in the collection of George Lucas. The model is fitted on screen to a memorable shot in film and photo with multiple behind-the-scenes production shots, providing unquestionable authenticity.

The Propstore Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction continues through Friday.

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