Original Star Wars light sabre sells for $240,000

December 13th, 2008 - 5:28 am ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Dec 13 (DPA) The light sabre used by Luke Skywalker in the movies “Star Wars” and “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” has sold for $240,000 at a Hollywood auction.The item topped the bidding at a Profiles in History auction held Thursday, according to a press release Friday. In total bidders paid around $3.5 million for more than 500 items of Hollywood memorabilia.

The second most expensive item in the auction was a droid helmet from “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” which sold for $120,000.

Other major items included an original handwritten manuscript of the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”, and a full-sized animatronic primate from the movie “Mighty Joe Young”, both of which sold for $96,000 each.

A Wolverine black leather battle-suit from “X-Men” sold for $90,000 and a custom-built version of a 1937 Mercedes German staff car from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” went for $76,000.

The costume worn by Marlon Brando when he played Jor-El in “Superman: The Movie” went for $72,000.

Light sabres were the weapon of choice for Jedi knights of Star Wars fame. They were constructed for the movies by adapting an advanced camera flash attachment to a handle that was made from rubber windscreen wipers from a British WW II tank, according to the Star Wars website.

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