`Darth Vader` costume has no takers

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2010, 09:49 AM IST

London: Auctioneers overestimated the power of the dark side.

An original Darth Vader costume from a "Star Wars" movie did not sell at auction Thursday when no bidder offered to pay the reserve price, Christie`s auctioneers said.

The outfit — a jet-black helmet, mask and armor — was expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 to $365,000). The reserve price is confidential but generally it is just under the minimum expected price.

Christie`s said bidding stopped at 150,000 pounds.

The costume is thought to have been made for "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas`s sci-fi series, released in 1980.

The auction house`s head of popular culture, Neil Roberts, said the costume is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema.

Christie`s did not name the seller, identified only as an American private collector.

Meanwhile, a gun used in an advertising campaign for a James Bond movie was sold for more than 10 times its estimated value at Thursday`s auction of movie memorabilia.

The Walther air pistol held by Bond actor Sean Connery in the poster for the 1963 film, "From Russia With Love," was sold for 277,250 pounds ($437,206) to an unidentified telephone bidder, Christie`s said.

Bureau Report