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Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber pulled from auction after authenticity questioned

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Dec 11, 2018

Star Wars fans hoping to get their hands on Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars: A New Hope are in for some very disappointing news. Although a prop said to be used by actor Mark Hamill in the original Star Wars film from 1977 was due to be sold at auction, some fans raised some legitimate doubts about the prop’s authenticity. 

A report from Reuters is revealing that Profiles in History was set to sell the prop at a Los Angeles auction on Thursday with an estimated sale price of up to $200,000. But on Monday, the auction house withdrew the sale. 

It was described as having been one of five designed by Oscar-winning Star Wars set decorator Roger Christian that Hamill used in the film. Christian even provided a letter of authenticity to accompany the sale.

But there was a great disturbance in the Force when some Star Wars fans — and star Hamill himself — raised questions about whether the lightsaber was in fact in the film or merely a replica or prototype. Jason DeBord, editor in chief of the blog originalprop.com, examined social media posts by Christian in 2015 and 2016, in which the artist wrote about making recent exact prototypes of the 1977 Skywalker lightsaber.

And last week, Hamill took to social media to offer a warning to any potential bidders. "Be Advised-There was no ONE lightsaber I used in the films, but many, MANY, both for myself & my stunt-double," the actor wrote on Twitter. "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! #BuyerBeware"

As a result, Profiles in History decided to pull the prop from consideration. 

When reached for comment, Profiles in History CEO Joe Maddalena issued the following statement: “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."

Christian did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment.

The selling of Star Wars props and memorabilia is becoming big business these days. Earlier this year, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber from A New Hope was sold at auction, as was Han Solo’s blaster. Even Luke’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi was sold last year.  

Well, at least fans can bid on an original T.I.E. fighter helmet from A New Hope.

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