Luke Sky­walker’s lightsaber to light up “Star Wars” props auc­tion

Tehran Times - - ART & CULTURE -

LOS AN­GE­LES (Reuters) — Luke Sky­walker’s lightsaber from the first “Star Wars” film - one of the most iconic movie weapons - is go­ing up for auc­tion in Los An­ge­les next week and could fetch up to $200,000.

Auc­tion­eers Pro­files in His­tory said on Mon­day it also is sell­ing some 25 other “Star Wars” items, in­clud­ing an orig­i­nal black TIE-fighter pi­lot hel­met from the first, 1977 movie that could fetch even more money - up to $300,000.

“Star Wars” movies have made bil­lions of dol­lars at the box of­fice world­wide and props and cos­tumes from the sci-fi saga can fetch sky-high prices at auc­tion.

A com­plete R2-D2 droid used in the first, 1977 movie sold for $2.76 mil­lion in 2017, and a dif­fer­ent lightsaber used by Sky­walker fetched $450,000 last year.

Pro­files in His­tory called next week’s of­fer­ing un­prece­dented for “Star Wars” mem­o­ra­bilia.

The lightsaber up for auc­tion was used by ac­tor Mark Hamill’s young Sky­walker char­ac­ter in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and was de­signed by Os­car-win­ning set dec­o­ra­tor Roger Chris­tian.

In a let­ter ac­com­pa­ny­ing the sale, Chris­tian de­scribes how the hand made the lightsaber, one of about five used in the first film, “us­ing what­ever I could lay my hands on at the time.”

Pro­files in His­tory said the es­ti­mate was con­ser­va­tive and the sale price could eas­ily go higher given the 2017 sale.

The “Star Wars” items will be sold dur­ing the Pro­files in His­tory Hol­ly­wood auc­tion from Dec 11-14 in Los An­ge­les.

Other lots in­clude a high-speed vis­ual ef­fects cam­era de­signed by di­rec­tor Ge­orge Lu­cas’s In­dus­trial Light and Magic com­pany that was used on “The Em­pire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T.,” and other Hol­ly­wood block­busters. The cam­era is ex­pected to fetch up to $150,000.

A pair of droid C-3PO’s hands used in “Re­turn of the Jedi” car­ries a pre-sale es­ti­mate of $40,000 - $60,000, while a Stormtrooper hel­met used in the 2015 movie “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens” and signed by the main cast mem­bers car­ries an es­ti­mate of $80,000 - $120,000.

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