How the Original Death Star Model Nearly Ended Up in the Trash

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Odd bits of cinema history have a tendency to turn up in the strangest places. For whatever reason, certain movie props are thought to be worthless by the studio once production on the film has wrapped, leaving the original pieces to be remanded to the trash heap of history – or as is so often the case, an actual trash heap. Some props see their value raised in hindsight, largely due to a film becoming a much larger success or leaving a much more culturally significant footprint than anyone involved in its production could have anticipated.

Over the years, there have been plenty of stories about the secret lives of movie props that have …

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