Stay on Target: Screen-Matched ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter Model Fetches $3.1 Million at Auction
The Force was indeed strong with this one.
By Sunday night, the two-day event had become the second-highest-grossing Hollywood auction in history.
— Heritage Auctions (@HeritageAuction) October 16, 2023
It was recently discovered in the collection of Oscar-nominated of visual effects artist and model maker Greg Jein, who passed away in 2022.
This particular model, used in filming the 1977 sci-fi epic’s Death Star battle scenes, was missing for decades and believed to be lost.
“This model has not been displayed or modified since it left ILM,” visual effects expert Gene Kozicki teold The Hollywood Reporter. “For those of us that grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, and those of us that work in visual effects, this model is as significant a find as the ruby red slippers or the Maltese Falcon.”
Jein’s collection of sci-fi movie miniatures, costumes and props was a huge success at auction. According to Heritage Auctions:
Heritage’s Greg Jein Collection Hollywood Platinum Signature Auction, which featured more than 550 iconic models, props, costumes and art from the fabled collection of Oscar- and Emmy-nominated miniature man Greg Jein, realized $13,611,406 over the weekend. By Sunday night, the two-day event had become the second-highest-grossing Hollywood auction in history, behind only the $22.8 million Debbie Reynolds auction in 2011, held by Heritage Executive Vice President Joe Maddalena, and eclipsing the legendary 1999 Marilyn Monroe auction.