Rare, personal 'Star Wars' gems from Carrie Fisher up for auction

Princess Leia offers behind-the-scenes "Star Wars" photos, signed art, and more. Historic movie cameras used to film "Star Wars" are also up for grabs.

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Vintage gelatin-silver glossy custom prints of Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill behind the scenes on the set of "Star Wars" are up for auction. Carrie Fisher

"Star Wars" fans have a chance to own a piece of movie history thanks to Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher and her legendary actress mother Debbie Reynolds.

In an epic two-day auction set for May 17 and 18, Fisher is offering up 20 candid photos of herself, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill on the set of "Star Wars." The auction also includes a "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" advance 1-sheet poster signed by Fisher; Carrie Fisher's personal "Star Wars" program plus a rare photo of herself with Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew; a collection of "Star Wars" posters signed by Fisher; as well as an "Empires Strikes Back" lithograph and a Princess Leia ink sketch.

For more ambitious movie memorabilia collectors with thousands of dollars to burn, there's the VistaVision Motion Picture Camera #29 used to film "Star Wars," in addition to the films "To Catch a Thief," "Mary Poppins," "Funny Face," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," and the original "Tron." Starting bid is $60,000.

More than 800 lots will be auctioned off at Debbie Reynolds: The Auction Finale, including priceless movie costumes and props. Charlie Chaplin's signature bowler hat, Elvis Presley's grand piano, "The Rat Pack" tuxedo ensemble, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara hat from "Gone with the Wind," the mink coat from "Citizen Kane," and Debbie Reynold's personal pair of ruby slippers worthy of Dorothy herself are some of the many other valuable one-of-a-kind movie and music memorabilia items are up for auction.

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Director George Lucas borrowed the VistaVision Motion Picture Camera #29 from Disney to photograph special effects on "Star Wars." Debbie Reynolds

"My dream was to build a museum to house all these treasures, and in doing so preserve the history of our beloved entertainment industry," Reynolds wrote in her catalog for The Auction Finale. "Sadly that dream was not to be. In 2011, I auctioned off many of the treasures I'd cherished. My daddy loved baseball. He would say that this is my last time at bat. Others will have to build the museums, preserve the collections, and put on the exhibitions. And I believe in my heart that they will. I am thankful that many people now share my respect for the preservation of film history."

Collectors can browse items that will be sold in The Auction Finale on May 17 and 18 in this PDF of the catalog.

 

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