Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’ helmet sells for £250,000 at auction

“The bidders were out in force"

A helmet worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun has sold for £250,000 at an auction.

Prop Store’s annual Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction took place between August 26-27 and saw the famous Top Gun prop sell for more than five times its pre-sale estimate.

Cruise starred in the 1986 film as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell – a role he will reprise in Top Gun: Maverick next year.

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Other items from the LA auction included a promotional Star Wars Darth Vader costume, which sold for £221,000, and a stormtrooper helmet from A New Hope which fetched £105,700.

Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun’ – Credit: Alamy

Another popular item came in the shape of a trainer worn by Michael J Fox in Back to the Future Part II, which sold for £26,400. In total, the auction raised £4.75million.

The store’s chief operating office Brandon Alinger said the event was a “resounding success”.

He added: “The bidders were out in force and we had more registrants than any prior auction of this type.”

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Last November, a brand new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick arrived, giving fans a new look at the anticipated action sequel in which Cruise reprises his role.

In the new clip, Cruise’s Maverick is teased as “one of the finest pilots this programme has ever produced” to a group of new recruits.

“I have to admit I wasn’t expecting an invitation back,” he later tells one of his seniors, before he is told he is there under “orders”. Fans also get a showcase of a dogfight and much more action.

The film was slated for release this December but following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was pushed back to July 2021.

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