6 October, 2015 - NME.com
The iconic gold bikini worn by Princess Leia in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi has been sold in an online auction for $96,000 (£63,220).
Biding for the costume started at $80,000 (£52,000) in the auction held by US company Profiles In History. According to the auction listing, the bikini is made of "flexible, gold-painted red dense-urethane rubber".
In the film, Princess Leia is forced to wear the scantily-clad item when held captive by slug-like villain Jabba the Hutt.
Actress Carrie Fisher spoke of her dislike for the outfit, describing it as "what supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell".
Fisher told Rolling Stone at the time: "Let's not forget that these movies are basically boys' fantasies. So the other way they made her more female in this one was to have her take off her clothes."
Carrie Fisher will reprise her role as Princess Leia in forthcoming Star Wars film Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
The seventh instalment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of 1983's Return Of The Jedi.
Though exact plot details of the film are being kept under wraps, its script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.
Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film's cast is led by Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis.
The UK release date of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been brought forward by 24 hours. It had been expected to open in UK cinemas on December 18, the same day it will be released in most international territories. However Lucasfilm recently revealed that Episode VIII will in fact open in the UK a day earlier on December 17.