Los Angeles, A lightsaber described as having
been used by Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars film has been
withdrawn from sale by a Californian auction house after fans raised
concerns about its authenticity.
The item was due to be sold by Profiles in History in Los Angeles
on Thursday with an estimated sale price of up to $200,000 (Pound 160,000).
It was described as having been one of five lightsabers designed by
Roger Christian, the Oscar-winning Star Wars set decorator, and used
by Mark Hamill in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV � A New Hope.
Christian had supplied a letter of authenticity to accompany the sale.
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 Christian can clear up the inconsistencies
that have been brought to our attention, the chief executive of the
auction house, said.
Christian did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fans of the sci-fi franchise had questioned whether the
lightsaber was a replica or prototype.
Jason DeBord, the editor-in-chief of the originalprop.com blog,
examined posts by Christian on social media in 2015 and 2016 in which
he discussed making recent prototypes of the 1977 Skywalker
Star Wars props and costumes can fetch high prices at auction. A
different lightsaber used by Skywalker was sold for $450,000 last year,
the British Guardian newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency