Star Wars X-Wing fighter ‘missing for decades’ sold for $3m on auction | Ents & Arts News

A model of an X-Wing starfighter used in the original Star Wars film found in a garage has sold at auction for more than $3m (£2.5m).

The 20-inch model had been missing for decades – but has become the most expensive Star wars “screen-used prop” to be auctioned off.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions confirmed the sale of the model for $3.135m (£2.58m) and said it was the “pinnacle” of Star Wars artefacts to hit the market.

The X-Wing was found in the collection of Oscar-nominated model maker Greg Jein, who died last year at the age of 76.

The model has a distinctive red stripe on the upper wings and fans of the Star Wars franchise will recognize it as the “Red Leader” in the 1977 film, A New Hope.

It appears in close-ups of parts of the space battle near the end of the film, including the trench run as the Rebels attack the Death Star.

Built by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the visual effects company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, the model was one of just four such miniatures, according to the auction house.

Visual effects historian Gene Kozicki told The Hollywood Reporter, “This model has not been shown or changed since it left ILM.

“For those of us who grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, and those of us who work in visual effects, this model is as important a find as the ruby ​​slippers or the Maltese Falcon.”

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The model was discovered in a cardboard box in a garage as experts helped Greg Jein’s family catalog the late modeler’s collection.

Other Star Wars props in the collection included a Stormtrooper costume from A New Hope.

This raised $645,000 (£530,728) when sold at Sunday’s auction.

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