Two of the most well-known assets from the Tomb Raider series of video games and films will soon be up for auction at the Rock Island Auction Company. The brace of H&K USP9 Match Semi-Automatic pistols features consecutive serial numbers and was modified to serve as props by the Bapty & Co prop house and used by the character Lara Croft. The pair of HK pistols is set to be up for auction on the same day that Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster is set to go live and is expected to fetch tens of thousands at the auction house.
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Lara Croft’s Brace of H&K USP 9 Pistols Up for Auction
This iconic pair of Heckler & Koch USP 9 Match pistols are identified and documented by Tony Watts the former owner and Managing Director of Bapty & Co., the famous London based speciality prop house as having been modified and used for filming in the 2001 movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” starring Angelina Jolie, an adaptation of the legendary video game, “Tomb Raider”.
This pair of pistols can be seen carried by Angelina Jolie as she portrays Lara Croft, including in the opening fight/training sequence of the movie in which Lara fights the robot Simon, which also highlights the two main modifications done to these pistols, allowing Jolie to duel wield, fire, and reload and release the slides with a pistol in each hand using magazines attached to her belt and the added ambidextrous slide releases.
Due to the popularity of the Lara Croft character through video games and film, this pair of pistols have easily become one of the most iconic and easily recognizable pairs in recent pop culture, and become even more desirable as the only true pair of “hero” pistols used in the film.
The auction will include a letter of provenance from Tony Watts, the owner of Bapty & Co, which covers the fact that these two particular pistols were rented out for the production of the 2001 film Tomb Raider starring actress Angelina Jolie as the hero Lara Croft. The production studio initially wanted to use a pair of IMI Desert Eagle pistols as Crofts’s “hero weapons” but due to the sheer size and weight of the Desert Eagle, they were deemed too impractical to be used during some of the action sequences of the film. Thus, Bapty & Co took a pair of H&K USP 9 Match pistols they had recently acquired and modified them to accommodate one particular scene where Croft fires both pistols to slide lock, reloads them from her belt, and then releases both slides using the slide lock.
The brace of Tomb Raider prop pistols is estimated to fetch a realized price of between $25,000 and $45,000, The auction will also come with a photograph of Lara Croft signed by Angelina Jolie. Let us know what you think of these pistols and if these would be worth adding to your collection down in the comments below.
Rating Definition: (serial number 24-063928)
Excellent overall. Mechanically fine as configured to fire blanks only. Whether through video games or film, millions of people around the world have come to love the character Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider story, making this pair of pistols, carried and used by the actress playing the heroine herself extremely desirable. Do not miss this opportunity to own one of pop cultures most famous braces of pistols, Lara Croft’s H&Ks!
Rating Definition: (serial number 24-063929)
Excellent, the slide showing a mostly bright finish with a few scattered light handling marks overall, typical of on film use including stunts. The barrel weight retains much of the black finish with wear consistent with being holstered and used by Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft during filming. Mechanically remains excellent as configured to fire blanks only. Do not miss this opportunity to own one of the most iconic pairs of pistols in film history, Lara Croft’s brace of H&K USP 9 Match pistols!
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