by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2007-03-08
Obi Wan Cloak
TV and film costumiers Angels has successfully auctioned off more than 400 costumes from their collection in a high-profile sale in London.
The company, which has been family run for five generations since Maurice Angel started it in 1840, raised over £200,000.
Among the highlights under the hammer were the cloak worn by Sir Alec Guinness in the first Star Wars film, which went for £54,000, and one of the outfits worn by Tom Baker when he starred as Dr Who.
We intended this sale to appeal to both the international collector of memorabilia and to people keen to get their hands on a piece of movie history, said Angels chairman and West London Synagoue member Tim Angel. We are pleased that our wishes were fulfilled and that there is a clear market for such memorabilia.
The company auctioned off the memorabilia due to rising insurance costs and also the need for space.