Since Star Wars exploded on the screen in 1977, fans worldwide have dreamed of wielding Luke Skywalker’s light saber. Now one lucky, and wealthy, person will get the opportunity to purchase it when producer Gary Kurtz puts the original screen prop and other Star Wars items up for auction on Friday, July 29, in Beverly Hills.
Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as well as George Lucas’ American Graffiti and the fantasy films Return to Oz and The Dark Crystal, is auctioning off these treasures from his personal archive through Beverly Hills auctioneer Profiles in History. The former VP of Lucasfilm has amassed a huge archive of film memorabilia, and parting with the light saber and more than 75 other pieces will help fund the restoration and conservation of other artifacts in the collection.
The original light saber used by star Mark Hammil in the first Star Wars film is expected fetch $60,000 to $80,000. Also on the block are Darth Vader’s hero light saber from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($40,000-$60,000),
Luke’s X-Wing flight suit from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back ($60,000-$80,000), and an original, screen-used Stormtrooper blaster from Star Wars ($25,000-30,000).
Profiles in History’s live public auction will include more than 640 items with a total worth of around two million dollars. Collectors from around the world will bid on vintage and contemporary Hollywood artifacts, including Harrison Ford’s signature leather jacket from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the original Derelict Ship set piece from the first two Alien films, and a miniature Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman feature.
Collectors can bid in person, live on the Internet at www.ebayliveauctions.com, by phone or fax. Profiles in History is found on the web at www.profilesinhistory.com.