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Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber among classic Hollywood props going up for auction

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May 3, 2018

Be mindful of your bank account, Star Wars fans. It may betray you.

No doubt, many a diehard Jedi is getting his and her credits in order because Obi-Wan Kenobi's famed lightsaber — you know, the one he used in his iconic duel against Darth Vader in the 1977 opus that started it all — is going up for auction and expected to fetch anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000.

Joining it will be several of Industrial Light & Magic's most prized possessions from the original Star Wars trilogy including: a life-size C-3PO; a life-size Vader figure; and an original model ILM made of the Death Star for Return of The Jedi.

The Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction, hosted by Profiles in History, is set to take place June 5-7 in Los Angele, and also features a treasure trove of movie memorabilia –including props, costumes, and souvenirs — from some of the most popular movies of all time, including classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age.

Obi-Wan Kenobi lightsaber

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Among the most notable non-Star Wars items film geeks will want to get their hands on are Arnold Schwarzenegger's Harley Davidson motorcycle from 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day (estimated to sell for somewhere between $200,000 to $300,000) and his leather jacket from the original Terminator; Sigourney Weaver's "Ripley" spacesuit from Alien; Harrison Ford's "Rick Deckard" blaster pistol from Blade Runner; Robert De Niro's "Vito Corleone" coat from The Godfather Part II; and Sir Richard Attenborough's "John Hammond" amber-topped cane from Jurassic Park.

Harley Terminator Bike

Courtesy of Profiles in History

Terminator jacket

Courtesy of Profiles in History

But that's not all!

There's a slew of mementos up for bid as well from Hollywood's Golden Age, including: Charlton Heston's iconic chariot from 1959's Ben-Hur, predicted to bring in upwards of $150,000; Orson Welles' "Charles Foster Kane" coat from Citizen Kane; Debbie Reynolds' "Kathy Selden" dress from Singin' in the Rain; Gene Kelly's dance costume from An American in Paris; James Dean's "Jett Rink" tuxedo from Giant; and Olivia de Havilland's “Melanie Hamilton” nightgown from Gone With the Wind, among others.

Other highlights from the auction will include cool relics from such films as Gremlins, Back to the Future Part II, Jaws, and Thunderball.

Enterprising collectors will also have the opportunity to pick up Han Solo's Return of the Jedi blaster in a separate auction later in the month.

So word to the wise: Use the Force and get 'em before they're gone.