Star Wars Lightsaber Pulled From Auction Over Questionable Authenticity
A lightsaber purported to have been used onscreen by Mark Hamill in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope has been pulled from sale by a California auction house after fans raised concerns about its authenticity.
Profiles In History was gearing up to sell the prop on Thursday with an estimated sale price of $200,000. That amount was likely to represent a conservative estimate considering another lightsaber was sold in 2017 to Ripley’s for $450,000.
The lightsaber in question was described as having been one of five lightsabers designed by Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning Star Wars set decorator. Christian had supplied a letter of authenticity to accompany the sale.
However, fans of the Star Wars franchise questioned whether the lightsaber was a prototype or replica. Jason DeBord, editor-in-chief of originalprop.com, brought to light posts by Christian on social media in 2015 and 2016 in which he discussed making recent prototypes of the 1977 Skywalker lightsaber.
“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,” said Joe Maddalena, Chief Executive of the auction house.
Christian has yet to issue a follow-up statement.