Monday, 25 September 2017

Star Wars The Empire Strike Back C-3PO Special Effects Head Lot 459 Prop Store Auction

Created for C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels in Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back in injection moulded plastic.  However when they were delivered the plastic had shrunk and were too small to wear so they were given to the special effects department to use.

This plastic helmet is of a clamshell design, with an interlocking faceplate secured with threaded bolts at the top of the head and on both sides of the neck. Hand-written production markings are present within, with 'SEFX' written in black marker along the inside of the forehead, and above it the number '12' in blue marker. Similar markings are present in the rear section, indicating a matched pair. Scoring is present in the eye sockets, where eyes were once fitted during use on the production. Replica eyes have been added to complete the look of the piece, with light-up functionality powered by a 9-volt battery.

The helmet retains much of its original metallic finish, achieved via a process of copper plating, with a vacuum-metalised top coat. The finish has tarnished and darkened with age, a common case with many original C-3PO pieces - the result of chemical reactions between the material and the coatings applied during the production. There are some additional scratches and chips on the finish, particularly around contact points near the neck and along the helmet's seams.

However, in spite of this wear, it remains in very good condition.

The C-3PO head measures 24 cm x 22 cm x 33 cm (9 1/2'' x 8 3/4'' x 13'').

Star Wars The Empire Strike Back C-3PO Special Effects Head Lot 459 Prop Store Auction.

Auction estimate £60,000 - £80,000 at Prop Store Auction.

The Prop Store Auction begins at Odeon IMAX September 26 at 12pm.

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