raiders of the lost ark staff of ra headpiece

Armies have died for, and archeologists have fought over, the Staff of Ra, the mythical ancient Egyptian artifact that is at the center of Indiana Jones’ troubles in the 1981 Steven Spielberg classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. And now, for a mere $100,000, you can own the Staff of Ra headpiece and save yourself the trouble of battling Nazis and what have you. Prop Store is putting the real headpiece from Raiders of the Lost Ark up for auction this August, among 850 other rare items from beloved films and TV shows.

Good news, rich cinephiles. If you have $100,000 to spare, you could possibly buy the Staff of Ra headpiece from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Prop Store, one of the world’s leading film and TV memorabilia companies, is holding a live auction of over 850 rare items on August 26-27 in Los Angeles, according to Collider. Here’s your chance to re-enact that hair-pulling auction scene from Uncut Gems and outbid other cinephiles for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vista Vision motion picture camera from Vertigo, the 11-foot Nostromo model miniature from Ridley Scott’s Alien, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber hilt from Attack of the Clones, and the most recent item, Rick Dalton’s yellow Cadillac Coupe De Ville from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Unsurprisingly, the car is the most expensive at $300,000, but the Staff of Ra headpiece, which is comparably much smaller in size, is a pretty close second. It goes to show that even in reality, the headpiece is as widely sought after as it is in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Here is the in-depth description of the Staff of Ra headpiece:

A Raven bar and Well of Souls Staff of Ra headpiece from Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. A key plot point in the film, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) used the headpiece in the Map Room at Tanis to reveal the location of the Well of Souls, the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

Two versions of the headpiece appear in the film. The first version was seen in the Raven Bar sequence and inside the Well of the Souls. It features simple detailing on the headpiece’s feathered bird, and smaller characters around the border of the headpiece. This was the first version made by the in-house production team. The second version was constructed by an outside jeweler specifically for insert shots and features a more-detailed bird sculpture and larger characters around the edge, so that they were more obviously text characters on screen. The simpler ‘Raven bar’ style headpieces were used for the majority of live-action filming

This ‘Raven bar’ style headpiece was acquired directly from a close family friend of the film’s Construction Manager Bill Welch. The circular headpiece is fabricated from resin, and features a plastic, amber colored crystal “eye” adorns one side. The lot features a metallic goldtone finish, and a chain-like detailing around the perimeter. A slot is situated at the bottom where the piece was attached to the top of the wooden staff.

The amber crystal is missing from one side and the headpiece displays a worn finish, with its color altered from age in some areas. Bill Welch’s family has written a letter of authenticity detailing the history of the piece, which is included. Also included is a letter from the family friend of Bill Welch who was gifted the piece by Welch in 1990, which states in part “During this visit Bill [Welch] gifted my family the headpiece for the Staff of Ra, telling us it was the one used on the staff in the film.” This is believed to be the only ‘Raven bar’ style headpiece ever offered at auction.

Auction lots can be viewed by appointment at Prop Store’s office facility in Valencia, California. Email AuctionLA@PropStore.com to make a viewing appointment. You can also register for the auction at propstore.com/liveauction.

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