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The dark side calls: ‘Darth Vader’ costume on sale

- Associated Press - Thursday, November 25, 2010

LONDON (AP) - For sale: A chance to embrace the dark side.

Christie's auction house is selling an original Darth Vader costume from the "Star Wars" movie franchise.

The outfit _ a jet-black helmet, mask and armor _ is expected to sell Thursday for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 to $365,000).

Christie's says the costume is thought to have been made for "The Empire Strikes Back," the second film in George Lucas's sci-fi series, released in 1980.

The auction house's head of popular culture, Neil Roberts, says the costume is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema.

Christie's did not name the seller, identified only as an American private collector.

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