A rare look at Hollywood history

A rare look at Hollywood history

Profiles in History, one of the world’s largest auctioneers of Hollywood memorabilia, gave fans a rare opportunity to see screen-used and production models from “Star Wars” and “Spaceballs” as well as other pieces from visual effects master Grant McCune and his Academy Award winning team.


PHOTO BY DUANE MADDY Original X-Wing Fighter from "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope" from McCune Masterworks

Original X-Wing Fighter from “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” from McCune Masterworks

Profiles in History President and CEO Joe Maddalena and his team have auctioned off some of the most iconic pieces of entertainment history. The Profiles staff was featured on two seasons of “Hollywood Treasure” which aired on the SyFy Network from 2010-2012.

PHOTO BY DUANE MADDY Lone Starr's winnebago from "Spaceballs" courtesy of McCune Masterworks.

Lone Starr’s winnebago from “Spaceballs” courtesy of McCune Masterworks.

Among the standouts of the display was the “Blockade Runner,” which was the first flying ship audiences around the world saw hurtling through space in the opening sequence of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” carrying Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 among its crew.

Other items on display included Lone Starr’s winnebago filming miniature from “Spaceballs” and a selection of four incredible musical automata: “Survival of the Fittest” (Dodo Bird Evolving), “Confusion” (miniature Art Deco Theater plays movie), “Wired Exports” (Brass Armillary) and “Tender Credibility” (miniature Gold Mine Mountain) and a number of other original McCune Masterworks creations.

McCune was the chief model maker on “A New Hope” and won the Academy Award for his work on the film. The X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, TIE fighter, Sand Crawler, Blockade Runner and Death Star were built under his direction, and he also personally worked on many of the robots in the film, including R2-D2.

“We are thrilled to promote McCune Masterworks at our booth at Comic-Con this year. The public debut of Princess Leia’s Blockade Runner – the first spaceship seen in the original Star Wars film – will be great for all the fans to see. In addition, we want the world to know about Grant’s legacy and the fantastic creations of McCune Masterworks. Their creativity and craftsmanship is beyond reproach – they can literally build anything that you can imagine,” Maddalena said.

Kathy McCune, Grant’s wife and president/owner of McCune Masterworks, said the company is planning an auction and Kickstarter campaign to fund the Nova Docking Station. The station is a customizable modular display system for collectors of miniature scale spacecraft created by McCune Masterworks. The docking bays will include lighting and power jacks. The Profiles in History auction featuring “The Blockade Runner” will be from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. For more information, visit www.profilesinhistory.com or www.mccunemasterworks.com.