Obi-Wan Kenobi’s jedi braid as worn by Ewan McGregor in ‘The Phantom Menace’ has sold at auction for £1,750.
The rat’s tail donned by McGregor went up for auction at a UK’s Prop Store, where numerous movie collectables and entertainment memorabilia are housed. Prior to the auction, the piece was estimated to fetch 600 pounds, or roughly $1,000 AUD.
The description read: “Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Padawan braid from George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Obi-Wan Kenobi sported his Padawan braid throughout the film to signify the rank he had reached in his Jedi apprentice training.
“Originally from the collection of hair stylist Sue Love, who worked on several notable productions, including the Star Wars franchise and Withnail & I, the long braid is made from brown synthetic hair and features two bands of red thread and two bands of faux-gold thread. Different coloured bands would be added to these whenever a Padawan progressed in their training. The braid shows signs of production use, including glue remnants at the top, minor wear and loose strands of thread.”
As you’d expect, the braid looks positively tatty and gross. But when you’re bidding for a piece of Star Wars history, it’s not going to come cheap. And such was the case with the live auction, with the rat’s tail fetching a staggering 1,722 pounds (approx. $3,155 AUD).