C-3PO Head From ‘Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi’ Sells For $675,000 At Auction

One lucky collector will soon be in possession of “Star Wars” history. C-3PO’s head from “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $675,000 at auction. Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played the iconic character in every “Star Wars” movie, decided to sell off his entire collection.

Bidding ended Tuesday night at Propstore Auction. C-3PO’s head from the 1983 film was initially estimated to go between $500,000 and $1 million.

C-3PO head up for auction at Propstore
C-3PO head up for auction at Propstore. (credit: Propstore)

A similar head from 1977’s “A New Hope” fetched over $875,000 in a Propstore auction last November.

“It is not only the prop that I wore, but it was also a prop I would use in interviews to identify myself,” Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter about the C-3PO head prior to the auction. “It’s very much, ‘You don’t know my face, but you know this face.’”

The 78-year-old actor was initially going to leave his “Star Wars” collection to his wife after he passed on, but she suggested he should sell the items now.

“I had all this stuff, almost all of it was in cupboards, drawers and in attics. Nobody was looking at it, nobody was treasuring it, if you will. And it was too good to throw away,” said Daniels to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Holy Grail of the Anthony Daniels Collection at Propstore Auction was the C-3PO head from “Return of the Jedi.” The robot was designed by concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.

“This head screen-matches to several of the scenes on Endor, including when Luke [Skywalker] reunites with the group after the speeder bike chase and as the Rebels scout out and approach the shield reactor,” the description on Propstore reads. “It matches through distinct markings on the right side of C-3PO’s outer perimeter ring. Daniels has also frequently posed with the head for publicity purposes.”

C-3PO head from "Return of the Jedi."
C-3PO head from “Return of the Jedi.” (credit: Propstore)

Other auction items that Propstore sold included C-3PO’s hands from “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” a fourth draft script from “A New Hope,” autographed “Star Wars” cards, scene lists and even parts from the Millennium Falcon.

Daniels recalls saving pieces of the iconic spacecraft from being lost forever.

“They were burning the Millennium Falcon,” Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was horrified. I think everyone is fond of the Falcon. It had a character about it. The wooden and the plastic and parts, they were making a disgusting bonfire in the drizzle. I just picked up some pieces.”

The most expensive piece of “Star Wars” memorabilia ever sold was a complete R2-D2 unit for $2.75 million in 2017, according to CNN.

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