Spare change. $172,000 was the winning bid at at a Profiles in History prop auction over the weekend. The purchase netted the winning bidder the head of Chewbacca.
The item’s description in the auction handbook is as follows:
It consists of a screen-used cowl hairpiece (which encompasses the entire head), and a period-made Stuart Freeborn facial appliance. Judging by the construction of the cowl, it was also most likely used in more than one of the original films of the trilogy. The facial appliance is attached to the cowl and mounted on a period Stuart Freeborn foam Chewbacca head so that the display retains its screen-used appearance. The foam head was originally made by Freeborn to support the facial appliances while they were prepared for i lming on the set. The front jaw, mouth, nose, teeth and tongue that comprise the facial appliance are original period pieces made for the production by Stuart Freeborn, and have been reassembled for the display. The eyes are actual casts of Peter Mayhew’s closed eyes, taken directly from the lifecast that Freeborn made for the trilogy.
While spending $172,000 on some “Star Wars” paraphernalia might seem extravagant, the cost is in line with some previously acquired props from George Lucas’ space masterpiece.
That is one SERIOUS collector out there.