You’ve got your all black mobile life support system. You have Stormtroopers at your command. Now you just need a suitable spaceship. Get started on your very own Death Star by picking up a prop piece of the original ship from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on eBay.
The story of the panel’s survival is almost as interesting as the movie’s plot. It and other pieces were used to shoot effects outside the studio for the famed assault-on-the-Death-Star scene.
Most of the pieces ended up in a landfill, but an anonymous former ILM employee grabbed this particular panel and kept it safe for decades.
The panel measures nearly 24 inches (61 centimeters) long and “every inch of the piece has complex modeling used to create the raised elevations and valleys of the Death Star.”
The eBay auction from Hollywood Memorabilia starts on Thursday, timed to coincide with the weekend release of the Han Solo origin movie. The Death Star chunk is expected to bring six figures in US dollars.