The Money Shot: May the force be with you

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Gary felt a little overdressed for the pub quiz...
"The iconic gold bikini top and what can only be loosely described as a skirt is expected to fetch a minimum of £77,000"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

Hold on to your wookie if you're a Star Wars mega fan and partial to skimpy women's clothing! Your dreams may be about to come true in a galaxy not so far away.

Nerds everywhere rejoice because Princess Leia's infamous slave costume from Return of the Jedi is to be sold on 1 October at an auction house in California.

You may have to get another job (or 20) to afford it, though. The iconic gold bikini top and what can only be loosely described as a skirt is expected to fetch a minimum of £77,000 (yes, you read that right).

"It's every schoolboy's fantasy but it's also a very signature, iconic piece," said Brian Chanes, consignment manager at Profiles in History, the auction house where the lot is to be sold.

"It's exceedingly difficult to find anything of this nature from the original trilogy. These are actually from production, that's what created the history and mythology of Star Wars and that's why it's so important." So we take it Brian is a fan.

Carrie Fisher's legendary outfit is one of more than 50 lots related to the blockbuster franchise to go under the hammer at the beginning of next month, along with scripts, posters and prototypes of Darth Vader's heavy-breathing helmet.

The auction couldn't come at a better time either, with Star Wars mania reaching fever pitch ahead of the seventh instalment, 'The Force Awakens', being released in December. The film is projected to make over £395m worldwide on its opening weekend. Regretting selling Lucasfilm to Disney we bet George Lucas is...

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Money Shot Letters

Dear Editor,

I'm writing in to commend you on last week's Money Shot on the supermarket sea change. As a reformed Waitrose shopper, I can now say that I too have swapped and couldn't be happier.

Wanting to know what all the fuss is about, I dipped my toe into the bargain bonanza that is Lidl a few months ago and I have never looked back. Not only did I get my entire week's shopping for under £20 including a cheeky treat of brioche, I also bought a wetsuit, portable toilet and a pair of men's business shoes, just because I could.

I've never felt more liberated,

Dotty Wellington, Devon

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