Luke Skywalker's Original Lightsaber is Up For An Expensive Auction

Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 12:17PM
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Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 12:17PM
Luke Skywalker's Original Lightsaber is Up For An Expensive Auction
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If you're looking for some sort of Star Wars gift, and happen to have a quarter-million dollars just lying around the house, you may be in luck. But if you're like the rest of us, you may have to admire this original lightsaber prop from afar.

Gary Kurtzman, a producer on both A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, is the current owner of the original "non-fighting" lightsaber prop that Mark Hamill wielded in both films - so while it wasn't used in any fight scenes, it was still prominently by Luke's side the whole time. And starting on June 26, 2017, that prop will go up for auction on Invaluable.com with a starting price of $150,000, although it's expected to reach up to $250,000 based on how similar prop auctions went in the past.



It's not the same prop used in The Force Awakens when Rey re-discovered the weapon and started using it herself (for now, at least), but it's a pretty sizable piece of Star Wars history. Here's the official description of the item, giving some more specs on the eight-inch metal stick that's going to make some rich fan very happy:

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"This lightsaber was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. It is the non-fighting version of the famous Jedi weapon. This particular version is constructed from an existing Graflex flashgun from the 1930s, measuring 10.5 in., and is fitted with resin black grips around the base attached with adhesive and rivets, as well as a D-ring riveted on the bottom to attach to Luke's belt."
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That lightsaber isn't the only Star Wars prop for sale on that auction next week, as a complete R2-D2 unit will be up for sale as well. The R2 is apparently created from different parts used in different movies, but every piece of the Franken-D2 unit has been in at least one Star Wars movie. Or if you prefer parodies of Star Wars, the auction also includes Rick Moranis' Dark Helmet helmet from Mel Brooks' beloved Spaceballs at a slightly cheaper (but still expensive) $14,000. 

And if you're a bigger fan of Luke's green lightsaber in Return of the Jedi, that one belongs to prop store manager Brandon Alinger as part of his personal collection. While that one's not for sale, you can at least see Mark Hamill geeking out over it a few months ago when he was reunited with his old fake weapon.

Via: Inverse
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