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The head of a Sith lord

Auction house Profiles in History is the place to go for vintage memorabilia. This week, from September 28, Profiles in History is hosting a massive 1,935-lot auction entirely of film memorabilia, the Hollywood Auction 74. Included are several items that will be of keen interest to those of the geeky persuasion.

Lot 1550: A fibreglass test prototype of Darth Vader's helmet made between the productions of "Star Wars: A New Hope" in 1977 and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980 is expected to fetch $30,000-$50,000.

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The story of a costume

Lot 1558: Carrie Fisher's iconic slave Leia costume, seen in 1983's "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," comes with production slides, design drawings, notes, and alternate designs for the gold elements of the costume that were deemed too ornate for the production. This version features several pieces that were used on-set before being returned and replaced with pieces that had been re-sized. It represents the most complete compilation of original Star Wars artefacts to survive production, and is expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000. You can read more about it here.

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The eyes of a droid

Lot 1540: R2-D2's eyes. Why R2-D2's eyes were separated from the rest of the R2-D2 droid used in the production of 1977's "Star Wars: A New Hope" is unknown and a little worrying, but if you are the kind of morbid individual who collects droid eyes, this pair will set you back an estimated $3,000-$5,000.

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20,000 leagues of painstaking recreation

Lot 878: This large-scale model of the Nautilus submarine from 1954's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" measures 274 centimetres long by 18 centimetres wide (9ft by 7 in). It was painstakingly created by retired aeronautical engineer Larry Joplin over a period of 5 years, starting in 1997, from blueprints acquired from Disney. It's expected to auction for $10,000-$15,000.

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The two sides of the Spider-Man

Lots 1787 and 1788: The suits used during production during the filming of "Spider-Man 3". The red suit is expected to go for $50,000-$70,000, the black suit for $30,000-$50,000.

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A clever girl

Lot 1696: This full-scale fibreglass Velociraptor statue, created from Stan Winston Studio moulds used to create the dinosaurs for 1993's "Jurassic Park." It's hand-painted and measures 3.86 metres (152 inches) from nose to tail. It's expected to bring in $10,000-$12,000.

The acrylic T-rex eye, used in the film's production, is expected to go for $1,000-$1,500. Other Jurassic Park loot includes claws, teeth, park vehicle license plates and John Parker's amber-topped cane.

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You'll be back

Lot 1659: Worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film "Terminator 2," this signed leather jacket is expected to go for $20,000 to $30,000.

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Getting inside a xenomorph's head

Lot 1584: One of the few surviving fibreglass xenomorph heads crafted by surrealist HR Giger for the 1979 film "Alien." The dome that fitted on the top of the head is missing, but Giger's spectacular and iconic work remains otherwise intact. The head measures 34 inches long and is expected to go for $60,000-$80,000.

Other "Alien" loot includes Ripley's white Tank top, worn by actor Sigourney Weaver, latex xenomorph hands, and a model of "The Betty" from "Alien Resurrection."

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To catch a shark

Lot 1347: Robert Shaw's 36.5-inch harpoon rifle, used by his character Quint in the 1975 film "Jaws," complete with harpoon. Expected to sell for $60,000-$80,000, you're gonna need a bigger bank account.

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Snip snip

Lot 1844: This scissor-hand glove and puppeteer rig, made for the 1990 film "Edward Scissorhands," was made for the ice sculpture scene by Stan Winston Studio, designed to withstand the rigour required for the scene. It measures 38 inches from the handle to the tip of the longest blade, and is expected to go for $6,000-$8,000.

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Who watches the watchmen?

Lots 1794, 1795, 1796 and 1797: Rorschach, Nite Owl, Ozymandias and The Comedian costumes used in the production of 2009 film "Watchmen." Each is expected to fetch $8,000-$12,000, except the Rorshach costume, which has been estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

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Feelin' McFly

Lot 1650: Marty McFly's 2015 self-lacing Nike Mags from the 1989 film "Back to the Future II." You could get a pair of official Nike replicas, but only one lucky person can get this real deal used in the film's production... for $30,000-$50,000.

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It belongs in a museum

Lots 1567 and 1568: Iconic Indiana Jones bullwhip and fedora, used during the production of the first three Indiana Jones films (the bullwhip) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (the hat). The whip is expected to sell for $100,000-$150,000, the hat for $30,000-$50,000.

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You're talking to a king

Lot 1103: The crown of Joffrey Baratheon, worn by actor Jack Gleeson during the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones," which aired in 2011 and 2012. It's cast in resin and has been painted to appear weathered. It'll come in at an estimated $15,000-$20,000.

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Look, up in the sky!

Lot 1014: George Reeves was the second actor to play Superman in a live-action adaptation, a black-and-white series that ran from 1952 to 1958. This suit and special effects "flying pan" were worn by the actor during the 26-episode production of the second season. The suit is actually grey, rather than the more familiar blue, and the cape, trunks and boots are all dark brown. The fibreglass and steel flying pan was devised after Reeves fell from the wires used to simulate flight, and demanded that the producers demand a safer way of making Superman fly. The set is expected to come in at $100,000-$150,000.

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Classic sci-fi

Lot 886: This laser pistol, used during the production of 1956's magnificent "Forbidden Planet" and carried by the crewmembers of UPC C-57D, lights up when a button located in the trigger position is pressed. It has been rewired and fitted with an incandescent bulb so that it still works. It'll come in at an estimated $20,000-$30,000.

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Keep your feet

Lot 1821: These do not look like appetising footwear. They're the foam latex hobbit feet worn by actor Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee during the production of 2003's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Ironically, they're not quite a foot long: Each foot measures 11 inches. They're expected to fetch $6,000-$8,000.

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Wake up

Lot 1752: Frank the Bunny mask worn by actor James Duvall during the production of 2004's "Donnie Darko." Only two of the masks, which were cast to fit Duvall's face exactly, were made for the film. It's expected to sell for $12,000-$15,000.

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Tools of the hero trade

Lots 1748 and 1749: Resin Wolverine claws and Cyclops' visor, worn by actors Hugh Jackman and James Marsden in the production of 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "X-Men 2" respectively. The claws are expected to sell for $8,000-$12,000, while the visor, one of three remaining in existence, is expected to sell for $10,000-$12,000.

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See in ultraviolet

Lot 1614: Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement (visor) worn by LeVar Burton as Geordi from Season 2 of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in 1988 through to and including the film "Star Trek: First Contact" in 1996. Constructed from aluminium, brass, resin and foam lining, it's expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000.

Other Star Trek loot up for grabs includes Leonard Nimoy costumes, a collection of original scripts, and a wig worn by William Shatner.

You can check out all 1,935 lots on Profiles in History's Hollywood Auction 74 web page.

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