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Yoda head: Original 'Star Wars' items up for auction

Get your hands on a piece of "Star Wars" history with an auction offering everything from posters to helmets to the skin from a Yoda head.

Yoda head
Bodyless I am.
Profiles in History

You can collect action figures. You can make a Millennium Falcon out of gingerbread. You can dress up like Princess Leia. Those are all good things, but perhaps the ultimate expression of "Star Wars" devotion is to own a piece of the original movies.

You can't just pop down to the store and pick up a screen-used X-Wing Fighter miniature, but if you have the cash handy, you can get one from an upcoming Profiles in History auction. The X-Wing model from "Star Wars: Episode IV" is just one of several rare items up for sale starting on December 15 as part of the "Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction 53."

The battle-distressed fighter is expected to go for between $80,000 and $120,000. Other items include storyboard art, movie posters, and a production-made Rebel Alliance pilot helmet created for "The Empire Strikes Back." It's expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000.

Those items are cool, but I believe the piece de resistance of the catalog is the rejected Yoda head made by Industrial Light & Magic. It consists of the "skin" designed to go over the animatronics that made Yoda come to life. The foam rubber head was rejected due to some bubbles in the face. There's no paint or hair, but it comes sealed in a case filled with nitrogen to protect the material from degrading. That may put a damper on your plans to wear it like some alternate-geek-universe version of Leatherface.

The Yoda head skin may be simultaneously one of the neatest and creepiest items of "Star Wars" memorabilia to ever go up for sale. It's expected to sell relatively cheaply for between $4,000 and $6,000. However, you will have to explain to everyone who walks into your living room why you're keeping Yoda's head in a box on your mantle.

X-Wing Fighter model
Miniature Death Stars better watch out. Profiles in History

(Via MTV Geek)