Film buffs and memorabilia collectors are in a state of barely contained frenzy as a historic collection of props and costumes from the golden age of Hollywood is set to go up for auction this Wednesday and Thursday in Los Angeles. Memorabilia auctions are not uncommon in Hollywood, but the Profiles in History Icons and Legends of Hollywood Auction sets itself apart for the sheer range and quality of its offerings. These are vital, iconic parts of film history, and include Darth Vader’s helmet from The Empire Strikes Back – expected to go for between US$250,000 and US$500,000 – and Dorothy’s dress from the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz , which the organisers think could go for another half a million dollars. The auction is one of the largest, and most historically significant ever, and is estimated to bring in a truly jaw-dropping US$10 million. The auction is also exceptional for the vehicles for sale, both full-sized, like the DeLorean from Back to the Future III , and the moon buggy that Sean Connery’s James Bond drove in Diamonds Are Forever, and in miniature, like the SS Venture Ship from the original classic 1933 film King Kong. The iconic “world destroyer” alien spaceship that blew up the White House from Independence Day is expected to go for US$30,000. That spaceship is actually the second world destroyer on the block, the first being Gort, the Earth-threatening robot from the 1951 sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still . Of special interest are the rare artefacts from the life and career of a martial arts legend, Hong Kong’s own Bruce Lee . These include a double-ended punching bag he used to train on, and a kung fu gi worn by Lee in Enter the Dragon . Also on auction is a handwritten letter that Lee wrote to himself, titled “My Definite Chief Aim”. The manifesto lays out Lee’s deepest personal and professional goals and was written four years before his death. In it he writes: “I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. “Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.” Memorabilia that personal and intimate is very rare, especially from the enigmatic Lee. It is expected to fetch as much as US$80,000. The auction is the obvious work of Profiles in History, the world’s largest auction house of Hollywood memorabilia, founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena. The auction will be taking place live and online so you too can bid. The full catalogue of more than 950 distinct lots is available on Profiles in History’s website , as are instructions on how to bid.