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Propstore auctions rare ‘Red Leader’ X-wing model from ‘Star Wars’

Propstore, one of the world’s largest and most respected Hollywood memorabilia and collectible auction houses, hosts its summer kickoff event this week, with over 18,000 items across a full spectrum of  movie, TV and pop culture franchises up for sale from Tuesday to Thursday (June 21-23).

In addition to lots like a light-up DeLorean time machine replica from the “Back to the Future” trilogy, Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) stunt Mjolnir Hammer from 2011’s “Thor,” and Johnny Depp’s SFX hand from 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands,” the crown jewel of the auction is an incredibly rare original X-wing Starfighter (opens in new tab)model used in the filming of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Pre-auction estimates have this scarce gem potentially selling for between $500,000 – $1,000,000! 

Rare Star Wars: A New Hope X-Wing Model – Credit: Propstore (Image credit: Propstore)

Measuring  22″ x 18″ x 8″ (56 cm x 46 cm x 20 cm), this 1:24 scale ILM-built X-wing fighter is one of only a handful of actual filming miniatures created for “Star Wars: A New Hope.” This authentic model was originally built as the Red Leader (Red One) pyro model that survived its rear explosive charge, then was repainted slightly and dressed as a Biggs (Red Three) model with extra wing stripes and other touches. It’s made with light-weight rigid foam with airbrush details.

According to the catalog, it’s believed to be the only surviving X-wing model from the original “Star Wars” that exists in a private collection. No other high-quality pyro examples are known to have survived filming, and the four hero models are in the private collection of George Lucas. 

Top View Of The X-Wing Model Up For Auction – Credit: Propstore (Image credit: Propstore)

This “Star Wars” X-wing is registered as Lot #386 and will be auctioned on Tuesday, June 21 (opens in new tab). The event begins at 8 a.m. PDT and items are sold sequentially via a live auctioneer. Fans and buyers can register to bid (opens in new tab) or join in to watch the live streaming broadcast on auction day.

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