17 December 2008 8:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A collection of Hollywood memorabilia has broken a world record by raising $7.8 million (GBP5.1 million) in a four-day auction marathon.

The Profiles in History sale began on Thursday, selling off 3,000,000 scripts, costumes and collectors items which were accumulated following the liquidation of the Collectors Book Store in Hollywood.

Items included a guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, the axe wielded by Jack Nicholson in 1980 movie The Shining and a model spacecraft from the first Star Wars film, which fetched $406,000 (GBP265,255) - more than double its expected price.

The auction broke the record previously held by a 2006 Star Trek memorabilia auction through Christie's which took in $7.1 million (GBP4.6 million) in 2006.

The next Profiles in History auction is scheduled for Spring 2009.


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