Lightsabers may not be real, but movie props certainly are and a whole bunch of them are going to be for sale later this month at Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction 89 in Los Angeles, which runs from June 26th to 28th.
The main draw of this year’s auction is the Lightsaber Mark Hamill used on screen as Luke Skywalker in both Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The Lightsaber comes directly from the archive of Gary Kurtz, who served as a producer on both films, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Kurtz himself. It’s expected to sell for an estimated $150,000 – $250,000.
The other notable piece of Star Wars memorabilia being sold at the auction is Darth Vader’s helmet and shoulder armor from A New Hope. Both pieces originate from Lucasfilm, are made of fiberglass and expertly painted. They are expected to fetch anywhere from $40,000 – $60,000.
Moving away from Star Wars, some of the other hot ticket items being sold include Leonardo DiCaprio’s costume from Titanic ($100,000-$150,000), the sword Arnold Schwarzenegger used in Conan the Barbarian ($40,000-$60,000), the late Bill Paxton’s Pvt. Hudson Marine Armor from Aliens ($10,000-$15,000), and a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory which belonged to director Mel Stuart ($40,000-$60,000).
For more information on the event and a more extensive list of items being sold, visit www.profilesinhistory.com.