Obi-Wan Kenobi's cloak from the Star Wars franchise is part of the largest amount of film and TV costumes to be auctioned in the UK today.

Worn by Sir Alec Guinness, the cloak is expected to fetch about £50,000.

Other clothes in the auction are suits worn in the James Bond film, including by the actors Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan in Thunderball and TOMORROW NEVER DIES.

Making up the remainder of the 400 plus outfits from costumier Angels are outfits from films including Braveheart, Indiana Jones, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Superman and Harry Potter.

With so many outfits the auctioneers, Bonhams, has turned its sale room into a star's dressing room, with people allowed to try on selected costumes.

Jon Baddeley, group head of the collector's department at Bonhams, described the collection on sale as "without a doubt the largest and most important archive of its type ever to come to auction".

Tim Angel of Angels said that the problem with the costumes is that they have "become so very famous and so firmly associated with key movies that they can never be used in other films or productions, nor can they be made available from our fancy dress shopfor obvious reasons".

He added: "With over a century and a half's worth of costumes on the racks, each with ever increasing insurance requirements, and space at a premium, it seemed the right time for us to allow collectors and fans the chance to take home a piece of the movie magic."

06/03/2007 15:37:33