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Auctioneer withdraws ‘Star Wars’ lightsaber on authenticity issue

Lightsaber from original Star Wars with list price of $200,000 is withdrawn from auction after Mark Hamill and hardcore fans question its authenticity

  • Profiles in History, a Los Angeles auction house, had listed the lightsaber with an estimated sale price of $200,000
  • Mark Hamill had warned fans on Twitter about the many lightsaber props that were used on the set of the first ‘Star Wars’ film
  • The auction house pulled the listing based on ‘inconsistencies’ from the seller
  • Hamill revealed that even he doesn’t own a lightsaber prop in his response to the auction update

A California auction house has withdrawn a Star Wars movie prop lightsaber from sale after Mark Hamill and fans raised concerns about its authenticity.

The lightsaber, billed as being the one used by Luke Skywalker in the original movies, was due to be sold by Profiles in History at a Los Angeles auction with an estimated sale price of up to $200,000.

But Hamill, who played Luke in the franchise, tweeted a warning to potential buyers that even if the prop was real, it would have been just one of many sabers on the set of A New Hope, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mark Hamill in his 1977 role as Luke Skywalker holding at least one of the lightsaber props

‘Be Advised-There was no ONE lightsaber I used in the films, but many, MANY, both for myself & my stunt-double,’ Hamill’s tweet read. ‘Multiple duplicate back-up props are commonplace during production-When the handle ridges were cutting my hands, they even made a few w/ soft sponge ridges!’ 

But fans also raised concerns about whether the lightsaber was even a prop or if it had simply been a copy.

The listing was described as having been one of five designed by Oscar-winning ‘Star Wars’ set decorator Roger Christian and used by actor Mark Hamill’s young Skywalker character in the 1977 film ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’ Christian had supplied a letter of authenticity to accompany the sale. 

The auction house has since dropped the item from sale amid the controversy. 

‘In light of conflicting information regarding the origin of Roger Christian´s Lightsaber, Profiles in History has decided to withdraw the piece from this auction until Mr. Christian can clear up the inconsistencies that have been brought to our attention,’ Profiles in History chief executive Joe Maddalena said in a statement.

Christian did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Profiles in History declined to comment further.

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When another Twitter user tagged Hamill in a tweet imagining the amusement of the actor over the auction update while looking at the prop on his shelf, the performer  responded with laughter and the revelation that ‘oh wait… I don’t have one.’

Some Hollywood memorabilia and ‘Star Wars’ fans had also raised questions about whether the lightsaber was used by Hamill in the film, or might be a replica or prototype.

Mark Hamill reprising his role as Luke Skywalker in Episode VIII of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise holding a different lightsaber prop

California-based Jason DeBord, the editor-in-chief of the blog, examined postings by Christian on social media websites in 2015 and 2016 in which the artist wrote about making recent exact prototypes of the 1977 Skywalker lightsaber.

‘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 different lightsaber used by Skywalker fetched $450,000 at auction last year.

Mark Hamill is currently filming his role as Luke Skywalker for Episode IX of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise due out in December of 2019, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and like the lightsaber prop, he isn’t even allowed to keep a copy of the script. 

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