Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones

Props to whoever has the cash to buy Indiana Jones's fedora

By AFP Time of article published May 19, 2021

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Los Angeles – Fans who can't wait to see the next Indiana Jones film can bid to own his iconic fedora next month – if they have perhaps a cool $250 000 (about R3.5 million ) to spare.

The custom-made hat worn by Harrison Ford in 1984 action classic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will go on sale in Hollywood from June 29, for an estimated $150 000-$250 000.

Film-makers commissioned the archaeologist's fedora from London hatter Herbert Johnson a year before the film was shot, said Prop Store auction house chief operations officer Brandon Alinger.

"They didn't just walk in and buy a hat off the shelf ... they combined attributes from a few different hats to make what became the Indiana Jones Fedora, which is probably now today, one of the most recognisable hats in all movies," he said.

Ford, 78, is set to appear in his final film as the hero archaeologist next summer.

Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones' fedora hat from the movie ’Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ is exhibited during a press preview of Prop Store's Iconic Film & TV Memorabilia. Picture: Valerie Macon/AFP

Over 1 200 items from Hollywood folklore will go on sale in June and July, including Princess Leia actor Carrie Fisher's annotated Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back script and Tom Cruise's sword from The Last Samurai.

The golf cart driven by Brad Pitt's character in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood will be wheeled onto the auction block alongside a wand and eyeglasses used by Daniel Radcliffe in the final two Harry Potter films, donated by studio Warner Bros to raise funds for charity.

Alinger said prices for Hollywood artefacts had "trended up over time" as they became a more established collector's items for investors who seek accumulating value and bid against wealthy fans.

"Pieces like stormtrooper helmets that have been sold in the past and sold more recently – you can see that rise in value over time, as more people become aware that this type of asset is available as a collectible or as a piece for investment," he said, of the distinctive Star Wars costumes.

Last year, a Darth Vader costume used for promoting the first film in George Lucas's original space saga sold for $287 500.

A "light-up remote-control droid" called R2-SHP from the most recent Star Wars film is expected to earn up to $120 000 at the next auction, ending July 1.

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