A Japanese jeweler cast the gilded sculpture to mark ‘Star Wars’ 40th anniversary
Going to the Dark Side will cost you, “Star Wars” fans. A Japanese jeweler is selling a solid gold Darth Vader mask for $1.4 million.
The 33-pound solid gold sculpture was commissioned by Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry to mark the 40th anniversary of George Lucas’s space saga that took us to a galaxy far far away with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The gilded bust goes on sale May 4th, or Star Wars Day, which puns off the famous line “May the Force be with you” with “May the Fourth be with you.”
Besides casting the infamous sci-fi villain voiced by James Earl Jones in solid gold, the jeweler will also mint “Star Wars” gold coins for $1,200 and $11,000. The more “affordable” pieces will bear designs related to the film series and the number 1977525 – or May 25, 1977, the date of the first film’s release.
Tanaka Kikinzoku is no stranger to giant gold sculptures. The jeweler has also commissioned soccer star Lionel Messi’s left foot, samurai helmets and a Christmas tree in solid gold in the past.
There’s more good news for Jedi jonesing for “Star Wars” this week.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced the release date of the still-untitled “Star Wars” Episode IX, the final movie in the new trilogy starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, will be May 24, 2019. Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi,” comes out this December.
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