In a jam-packed saleroom, bids were relayed to the auctioneers of the day, Pippa Stockdale and Jon Baddeley. Ownership of Obi Wan Kenobi's cloak was battled for by two telephone bidders.
The original Obi-Wan 'Ben' Kenobi's cloak worn by Sir Alec Guinness in the masterpiece science fiction adventure, Star Wars (1977) sold for £54,000Obi Wan Kenobi is one of the most prominent characters in the Star Wars saga. Whilst the character is central in the recently filmed prequels (Episodes I-III), starring Ewan McGregor in the role, the character first appeared in the first installment of the saga, Episode IV, A New Hope. Sir Alec Guinness gave a remarkable performance as the ageing Jedi knight in Episode IV and resumes his role in the other sequels.When Star Wars was first released in 1977, thousands of people flocked to cinemas to watch what was to be the sci-fi epic that would redefine the genre. Alec Guinness starred with Carrie Fisher, and the then 'little known' actor, Harrison Ford. Produced by Gary Kurtz and written and directed by George Lucas, this classic epic of good versus evil was the highest-grossing movie for twenty years and continues to enthral audiences worldwide.This original cloak, an integral part of this world of excitement and mystery is estimated at £50,000-60,000. Also from Star Wars is an imperial commanders uniform, estimated at £8,000-10,000.
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