The most famous bikini in film history has a new owner.
Last week, the so-called Princess Leia slave bikini, which was worn by actress Carrie Fisher in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” was sold at an auction for $US96,000.
Here’s what it looks like today:
Profiles in History, which held the auction, did not release the name of the winning bidder.
Here’s some background on the bikini from “Star Wars” lore.
In “Return of the Jedi,” Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and the rest of the crew infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace in an effort to rescue Han Solo, who was captured by Darth Vader and frozen in carbonite. Vader gave Solo to the bounty hunter Boba Fett, who in turn sold him to Jabba.
But Leia gets caught and Jabba makes her his new slave. (He killed his previous slave by feeding her to a giant monster.) Eventually, Luke comes to the rescue and Leia is able to use her chains to choke Jabba to death in the ensuing chaos.
The bikini lived on after “Return of the Jedi” in pop culture. For example, an entire episode of “Friends” is dedicated to the fact that men fantasize about sleeping with a woman dressed in Leia’s bikini.
Rachel fulfils the fantasy for Ross at the end of the episode:
It is unclear what the winning bidder plans to do with the new bikini.
Carrie Fisher will return as Princess Leia in the upcoming “Star Wars” movie, “The Force Awakens,” on December 18.
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