Star Wars fans recognize the culture importance of the most iconic bikini in the history of mankind, and one showed just how important that bikini was to them. The costume worn by Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, sold for an amazing $96,000 yesterday at auction. The costume was one of the most anticipated items up for auction in the “Profiles of History” online auction. Bidding started at $80,000 and quickly escalated. The winner of the auction was not announced.
For the uninitiated, Princess Leia was captured by the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt, and was enslaved and forced to wear this costume. She was seen as Jabba’s “eye candy” and chained to the villain.
The costume includes the collar and several of the chain links, as well as a letter of authenticity from Richard Miller, the designer who worked for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic, to authentic it.
This wasn’t the most valuable Star Wars item to be auctioned Friday though. The highest selling Star Wars article was a miniature model of Princess Leia’s “Blockade Runner” which was part of the film’s special effects. It is the first ship ever seen in a Star Wars film. The Blockade Runner set a record for the sale of any Star Wars artifact in Friday’s “Profiles of History” auction, selling for $450,000, more than double its $200,000 opening bid.
Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Princess Leia in December’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who knows what item might become a cultural icon like her bikini in Return of the Jedi, but here’s to hoping that we have multiple items for fans to think fondly of for years to come!