Anthony Daniels Sells His Memorabilia

Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played C-3PO in numerous Star Wars movies and TV shows for over 40 years, is unloading his entire collection of Star Wars goodies in an auction thrown by memorabilia specialists Propstore that will be held this week in Los Angeles.

One of the centerpieces of the Anthony Daniels Collection is a screen-matched light-up head that Daniels wore in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The object, consisting of a faceplate, backplate and neck-ring, could fetch anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million. (At a similar auction involving Daniels last November, another C-3PO head gaveled for almost $850,000.)

After his final photo shoot with the mask, Daniels, wondered, “Am I right to move this on?” Having lived with these items for decades, Daniels says he has “very mixed feelings.”

Per Daniels:

“I had all this stuff, almost all of it was in cupboards, drawers and in attics. Nobody was looking at it, nobody was treasuring it, if you will. And it was too good to throw away.”

This is the second and final batch of items being unloaded by the actor, who previously sold a stash in a Propstore auction in London in November. It’s a rare opportunity for collectors, as Daniels is the only major actor from Star Wars to openly sell his memorabilia.

In 2023, items belonging to late Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew were to have been sold off until his widow learned of the auction and asked for the items to be donated to Mayhew’s foundation.

Amid the everything-must-go mentality, Daniels did keep two things. One was a statue from Lucasfilm congratulating him for 40 years of service. The other, an 18-inch C-3PO statue made out of Legos.

Daniels originally was going to leave his collection to his wife, Christine Savage, to sell after he died. When he told her his plan, her response was, “Why don’t you sell it now?”

Propstore’s entertainment memorabilia auction runs March 12-14, with the Anthony Daniels Collection hitting March 13. Check out some of the items below.

The Hollywood Reporter: Star Wars Actor Says Goodbye

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