Star Wars Camera Sells for Out-of-This-World $625K

Sale sets new record for Star Wars memorabilia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2011 2:59 AM CST
C-3PO, Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi look at a hologram of Princess Leia in a scene from the original 1977 "Star Wars" film.   (AP Photo/Lucasfilm Ltd & TM)
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(Newser) – The camera used to film the first Star Wars movie has sold for an astronomical $625,000 at a movie memorabilia auction. The late '60s Panavision PSR 35mm camera, which is still in working order, went to an anonymous buyer at the sale of actress Debbie Reynolds' collection of Hollywood memorabilia, reports the Guardian.

The sale sets a new record for a Star Wars item, previously hit by the $402,500 paid in 2008 for a miniature TIE fighter model. At the same auction, a Panavision camera used to film 2001: A Space Odyssey sold for $70,000, while a camera from 1918 once used by Charlie Chaplin failed to fetch the $200,000 reserve price.

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