Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has purchased an original Star Wars lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, in Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Believe it or not, this lightsaber was constructed from an existing Graflex flashgun camera from the 1930’s. It comes from the archives of Gary Kurtz, a producer on both Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Edward Meyer, VP of Archives and Exhibits for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! acquired the piece at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction on June 28.
The lightsaber will make a great addition to their Star Wars collection, which includes hair from a Chewbacca suit, Michelangelo’s “Pieta” reinterpreted with Chewbacca cradling Han Solo made from duct tape, and portraits of Star Wars characters made from staples.
Other Notable Items Purchased at the Auction
Donald Trump’s 50th birthday invitation sent to Loni Anderson
The Walking Dead jacket and “zombie” facial appliance
Set of Bob Hope novelty golf clubs
All My Children Daytime Emmy Award (1978-88) for Best Writing to Mary K. Wells
SOURCE: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!