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Tom Cruise’s Top Gun fighter pilot helmet sells for £250k at auction

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

The prop from the 1986 action film, which sees Cruise star as a pilot named Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, was sold for more than five times its pre-sale estimate.

It went under the hammer alongside a number of other items of film memorabilia at an auction in the Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction, which fetched a total of £4.75 million.

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The helmet used by Maverick (Prop Store/PA)

A Darth Vader costume used for promotional purposes for Star Wars: A New Hope was sold in the Los Angeles auction for £221,000.

A stormtrooper helmet which was also used in Star Wars: A New Hope sold for £105,700.

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The Darth Vader promotional costume (Prop Store/PA)

A trainer worn by Michael J Fox in Back To The Future Part II when he played Marty McFly went for £26,400.

Brandon Alinger, Prop Store’s chief operating officer, said the auction was a “resounding success”.

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