Over 40 years after the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi's original lightsaber is now up for auction. Though Kenobi has battled with several different lightsabers over the course of his time in the Star Wars universe, this one is the original copy used by Alec Guinness.
When Obi-Wan Kenobi made his debut in George Lucas' Star Wars saga, he was a wizened hermit, played by Academy Award-winning actor Alec Guinness, living in the dunes of Tatooine. His backstory would be featured in future installments of the franchise, including Lucas' official trilogy of prequels, animated television shows, and even video games, tracing his journey from young Jedi Knight to Jedi Master to General of the Grand Army of the Republic. Ultimately, his story would conclude in the very beginning of the franchise in a lightsaber battle against his former friend and apprentice, Darth Vader. Now, that very lightsaber is up for auction, courtesy of a prestigious auction house in Los Angeles, California.
The Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction is officially auctioning of Kenobi's original lightsaber, along with over 2,000 other props from classic movies. Between June 5-8, fans and collectors alike will have the opportunity to own the iconic lightsaber, which is being estimated at around $150,000 to $250,000. Other Star Wars props also up for auction will include official life-size figures of both C-3PO and Darth Vader from Industrial Light and Magic, which are both estimated at around $60,000 to $80,000, as well as an Industrial Light and Magic model of the Death Star from Return of the Jedi, which is estimated at around $150,000 to $250,000 - the only one of the three Star Wars props equal in price to Kenobi's lightsaber.
While the Star Wars props are decidedly major standouts in the auction, other props from classic films are available for auction as well. These props include Ripley's spacesuit and Deckard's pistol from Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner, respectively, John Hammond's cane from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, and the T-1000's leather jacket from James Cameron's The Terminator. Aside from the auction, the props will also be available for a public exhibition at The Society of Illustrators in New York City from May 15-19.
As beloved as Kenobi's lightsaber - as well as Kenobi himself - may be to devoted Star Wars fans, Guinness never took too kindly to the movie or character. In fact, according to a letter he wrote to a friend while filming A New Hope back in 1976, Guinness outright mentioned that he was not enjoying his time on the film. Even though his performance is revered as one of the best in the entire franchise (he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance), he openly stated that he was essentially just involved for the paycheck.
Source: Icons & Legends of Hollywood Auction
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