Over 700 items are going up for auction from David Prowse’s personal estate, the actor behind Darth Vader (not the voice), to help support Alzheimer’s research.
While Prowse has a few acting credits under his belt, including A Clockwork Orange, he is most known (or unknown, depending on how you look at it) for being the man under the iconic villain’s suit in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Prowse passed away last year after a short illness at the age of 85.
Included in the 700-item collection are a Darth Vader mask Prowse wore to conventions, a piece of the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit, and more. The big-ticket item for this auction is without a doubt Prowse’s shooting script for The Empire Strikes Back. The reason this script is so special is that it has a certain scene altered in order to avoid spoilers and keep the movie’s big twist a secret.
“The reveal – perhaps the most recognized moment in cinema history – was kept a big secret from most of the cast. As Prowse’s lines would be overdubbed by James Earl Jones, he [Prowse] wasn’t privy to the secret,” Auctioneer Andrew Stowe said, “so instead, he was given alternate dialogue which is considerably less dramatic. But that in itself makes this a unique piece of history.”
The Auction is set to kick off on May 4 and you can check out all 700 items up for grabs, here.
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