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Someone Bought Chewbacca’s Head For $172,200

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A Chewbacca headpiece worn by actor Peter Mayhew in the original Star Wars trilogy just sold at auction for a lot of money (plus a few other props). This is interesting news but I can’t help but think, “I thought it smelled bad on the outside…”

“A Chewbacca headpiece used in the original Star Wars trilogy sold for $172,200 ($140,000 plus $32,200 buyer’s premium) at a Profiles in History auction,” writes The Hollywood Reporter. “Profiles described it as the finest ‘screen correct’ Chewbacca headpiece in private hands. It comprises a screen-used full-head cowl finished with period-made facial pieces, such as the front jaw, nose, teeth and tongue.”

Ewww, Wookie tongue! Ok, maybe I’m the only one grossed out by this but I can’t imagine something of this nature looks or smells too great after 30 years.

The buyer got more than just Chewie’s head for the $172k though, they also got autographed photos from Mayhew and from the designer of the suit, Stuart Freeborn.

The auction also included, “a screen-used blaster rifle from the first Star Wars movie, which sold for $104,550 ($85,000 plus buyer’s premium of $19,550).” Someone also walked away with concept art that was the inspiration for the classic poster by Tom Jung for $73,800.

But the camera George Lucas used to film the movies still stands as the most expensive bit of Star Wars memorabilia ever sold at $625,000.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."