The Price Tag Is Strong With This One

Gold Darth Vader mask could be yours for $1.4M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2017 12:59 PM CDT
The Price Tag Is Strong With This One
Tokyo gold jeweler Ginza Tanaka employee Momoko Marutani looks at the gold mask of Darth Vader at the jewelry shop in Tokyo, Monday, May 1, 2017.    (Koji Sasahara)

Star Wars fans might consider it a golden opportunity. Tokyo jeweler Ginza Tanaka is offering a life-size Darth Vader mask made of 24-karat gold at a hefty price of $1.4 million to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars movie. The creation measures 10.4 inches wide and 11.8 inches high, reports the AP. The jeweler says the mask was not designed for wearing—at about 33 pounds, it would be too heavy and has no opening for a head.

It goes on sale Thursday, or "May the Fourth" as the New York Times puts it. For those who can't afford the golden version, a black plastic one can be had via Amazon for $40. While the mask is the jeweler's most expensive Star Wars memorabilia, it has made pricier products. In 2013, a gold Disney-themed Christmas tree was priced at $4.5 million, and the Japan Times notes the century-old jeweler has also created a gold replica of soccer player Lionel Messi's left foot. (Read more Darth Vader stories.)

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