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“Star Wars,” James Bond items up for auction

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Want to own a vintage piece of Hollywood memorabilia? Two choice items could be added to your collection, so long as your check doesn’t bounce.

The first item will appeal to those who’ve spent countless hours in a galaxy far, far away with George Lucas’ “Star Wars” franchise. Christie’s auction house has announced this morning that it will sell an original Darth Vader costume at a pop-culture memorabilia sale next month. The costume, which reportedly was used on “The Empire Strikes Back,” is expected the snatch somewhere between $250,000 and $365,000, according to the AP.

The sale will take place on Nov. 25, in London.

Do you prefer dapper spies over evil Jedi? Then you might want to plunk down an estimated $5 million to own James Bond’s Aston Martin, which will be auctioned off this afternoon at the RM Auctions Automobiles of London event. The AP reports that the silver Aston Martin DB5 coupe on the block is the “specially modified supercar driven by secret agent James Bond in such films as ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball.’”

Collectors would have to go all the back to 1963, when this standard Aston Martin was released, to find a similar version. Maybe whoever purchases the Aston Martin can lend it to MGM so the cash-strapped studio can get a new James Bond adventure in production sooner rather than later.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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