This question could be applicable to almost any prop that goes up for auction, which wasn't specifically "gifted" to someone who worked on the film by GL.Beautiful suit!
QUESTION: what is the chain of ownership for auctions like this? Unless Lucasfilm is selling this themselves, then how does anyone else "own" it? Didn't Lucasfilm pay Andrew Ainsworth to make the original ANH ST suits in 1976, and therefore own the actual suits themselves? I know years ago UK law said that LFL did not own the (industrial) physical design of the stormtrooper which allowed Ainsworth to continue making suits in the UK, correct?
But this actual suit should still be the property of Lucasfilm, right?
1) Unless it was discarded / thrown away by LFL and then recovered by someone else, OR...
2) Sat in a storage facility that was abandoned or rent not payed, and therefore could legally become the possession of someone else (like the Death Star model), OR...
3) Was given by LFL to someone, who either passed it on to others or kept it, and it's now for sale
This question could be applicable to almost any prop that goes up for auction, which wasn't specifically "gifted" to someone who worked on the film by GL.
Different time period and before Star Wars was Star Wars, so assets from the original production were not valued then as they are today. Once the movie was made, production items were considered garbage and were scrapped for the most part. That’s why so much was saved as souvenirs by people who worked on and were associated with the production.
In addition to the TV appearances the description mentions, they were also sent on tour. I've seen pics of them at Toys R Us or whatever with Vader.
As we've learned from the Vader tour suit auctioned a few years ago, and the ST-TMP Klingon uniforms that never came back from THEIR post-filming tour (requiring new ones to be made for a TV commercial), once a tour is over, folks at the home base stop caring about getting them back, and likely don't bother making arrangements for return shipment when there aren't any more events in the pipeline. If you did a gig, and the people never sent you a FedEx number to charge it to (or whatever) to send the stuff back, what... you gonna send it to them at your own expense out of the goodness of your own heart?
Very often in cases like this, the items are in private hands because of abandonment rather than theft.
I believe that was more about pieces from EP1 and after. But indeed, they are not going to bother with anything OT as it is all very murky what happened to what when.The "who owns it" debate seems a bit contradictory to what we do here. LFL has basically said ( on the stuff dreams are made of podcast) they have what the want in the archives and are not concerned with what is out there..so moving on..
Has such a complete trooper suit ever been offered before? The fact that its one of three known hero helmets make me pretty sure this will set a price record.