Bond Prop Outsells, But 'Star Wars V' Costume Fails to Move at Christie's Auction
James Bond proved to be more popular than Darth Vader at Christie's auction house in the U.K., where earlier this week rare character-specific items from their classic films went on the auction block.
A Vader costume worn by actor David Prowse in the filming of 1980's Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back was expected to bring in between $212, 000 and $305,000, but in the end, it failed to sell, Reuters reports.
But a prop gun used by Sean Connery in a photo shoot for the movie poster for the 1963 Bond classic From Russia With Love nabbed 15 times more than what Christie's anticipated, bringing in $439,000 at the Nov. 25 auction.
The bids offered for the Empire Strikes Back costume didn't meet the confidential reserve price and thus the gear remains with the auction house.