The sale of hundreds of legendary Hollywood movie props will be live-streamed on August 26-27, including items wielded by Indiana Jones and Clint Eastwood's Western outlaw Josey Wales.
A giant model of "Nostromo," the interstellar tug-ship on which Ridley Scott's classic "Alien" takes place, tops the pre-sale estimates at $300,000-500,000.
Constructed mainly of wood and steel, it was personally filmed for the movie's exterior shots by Scott, who had it "repainted dark gray and weathered extensively to imply decades of deep-space travel," said event organizers Prop Store.
Like many of the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction lots, the model spacecraft previously belonged to a film crew member.
It was restored for purchase after being found wrapped in plastic in a backyard 15 years ago.
"What collectors are looking for is things from the films they grew up with, films that they cherish," said Brandon Alinger, chief operating officer for Prop Store LA.
"This is the main 11-foot model miniature that was used in the shooting of the movie," he told AFP.
Other big-ticket sci-fi items on the block include a full Darth Vader outfit -- one of five used to promote the first "Star Wars" movie -- and a lightsaber hilt used by Ewan McGregor in the prequel "Attack of the Clones."
A real fighter jet helmet worn by Tom Cruise's Maverick in "Top Gun" is expected to fetch up to $70,000.
The helmet is customised - with the character's name - as are boxing gloves worn by Sylvester Stallone in the original "Rocky."
And in a rare sale, the original bronze "Ra" medallion used by Indiana Jones to reveal the location of the Ark of the Covenant in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will go under the hammer.
The item, gifted by the movie's construction manager to a family friend, is expected to earn up to $150,000.
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A dagger of an emperor, an ornate pen case and a 17th century necklace of the Nizam. These are among the 400 pieces of ancient Indian treasures and Mughal jewels set to go under the hammer in New York on June 19.
It is a known fact that during the reign of the Mughal dynasty, jewelled pen case and inkwell sets were presented to persons of utmost distinction. This emerald, ruby and diamond-set pen case and inkwell has the engraving of a sacred swan or hamsa under the inkwell. It is dated back to the late 16th century and is said to have originated in the Deccan region.
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