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Original Lightsaber Goes For 3x Expectations 258

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Brad1138 writes "Los Angeles - The lightsaber used by intergalactic hero Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sold for $200 000 (about R1.3m) at an auction of Hollywood props that fetched far more than expected, officials said on Saturday. news24 link here. I guess Star Wars is truly done. Kind of reminds me of 'The Last Voyage of the Enterprise' when they start parting out the set."
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Original Lightsaber Goes For 3x Expectations

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  • Wow! (Score:5, Funny)

    by American AC in Paris (230456) * on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:44PM (#13215536) Homepage
    (about R1.3m)

    1.3 million Rand? That's nearly 390,000 Pa'anga! [yahoo.com]

  • Wow! (Score:3, Funny)

    by geomon (78680) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:44PM (#13215538) Homepage Journal
    A lightsaber prop from the original series? I thought it would have gone for more than a $200K US.

    I guess the fans are broke after having to pay for the high ticket prices and the assorted other crap that came with the last three movies.

    The law of diminishing returns works after all.
    • not that suprising (Score:2, Insightful)

      by everphilski (877346)
      There were so many duplicates of each they were hardly unique, that's why they went for so cheap. That's also why they were being auctioned, that their profits might preserve the more rare items (and the other lightsabres).

      -everphilski-
    • The buyer will probably try to return it when it doesn't work. He probably doesn't "get it" that it's just a movie prop.
  • Let's get real (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bigwavejas (678602) * on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:44PM (#13215540) Journal
    That saber belongs to none other than the Star Wars Kid http://www.screamingpickle.com/members/StarWarsKid / [screamingpickle.com]
  • Of course (Score:5, Funny)

    by papasui (567265) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:45PM (#13215554) Homepage
    George needs the warehouse room so he can sell the original extra special platinum edition lightsabre.
  • by spaztech (899194) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:46PM (#13215561)
    How much did they get for Mark Hamill? He's obviously part of this collection that no one has seen for years..
  • by joepeg (87984)
    .. the infamous "Star Wars Kid" puts golf ball retriever up for sale on eBay...
  • by rob_squared (821479) <rob&rob-squared,com> on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:46PM (#13215567)
    Make you light saber 3x! Or something like that.
  • I'd rather (Score:5, Funny)

    by ericdano (113424) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:46PM (#13215571) Homepage
    I'd rather have the little outfit that Princess Leia wore while being a slave for Jabba the Hut ;-)
  • Hey (Score:5, Funny)

    by zardo (829127) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:47PM (#13215573)
    $200,000 is a small price to pay, I'd pay that much for the nuclear power cell alone.
  • by eno2001 (527078)
    I rememeber as a kid, seeing a special on Star Wars. They talked about how they made the light saber sound. Looks like it was just waving a transducer around a transformer that picked up the hum. That made the "whoosh" hum sound. They also mentioned something about a special paint that reflected light at 100 times it's original intensity or something like that. All this Star Wars stuff is unearthing deep-seated memories...
    • by Coventry (3779) *
      "They also mentioned something about a special paint that reflected light at 100 times it's original intensity or something like that."

      Yeah... how about a 'something like that' that doesn't violate the laws of physics.

      Perhaps you meant a paint that reflected light 100 times better than regular paint.
      • No, the Grandparent is remembering correctly. There was something on tha back of a trading card (man, THAT'S a deep memory) that said it reflected at that level.

        Course, an impressionable 7 year old in 1980 will take it at face value and not question it like a slasdot poster in 2005 will.
      • It's not paint, it's the material they make movie screens out of. The same effect was used for the clothes the Kryptonians wear in the first Superman film.

        And while it obviously doesn't literally "increase the intensity of the light," it does reflect it much more effectively than pretty much anything else you can capture on film. I wouldn't be surprised if it was partially flourescent, in which case you could increase the intensity of the visual-spectrum part of the light at the expense of the UV.
      • Yeah... how about a 'something like that' that doesn't violate the laws of physics.

        Hmm...what if, say, UV caused a reaction (which could only continue for so long) that caused the thing to give off visible light?

        I mean, yes, it's stretching and I'm sure it's not actually what they did, but I'm not sure that it's impossible to do something like that. I guess it wouldn't really be "reflection" then...
  • .... I would have just bought a Ferrari and runs down those people I need to kill instead of waving around not-really-threatening-in-real-life weapon

    On the other hand... well, luke might not have an extra hand to shift the gear. I guess going for a light saber over a Ferrari is reasonable.
  • Is it sign of the times that prices are now paranthesed in Rupees??? It's just a matter of time before we start seeing R1.3M ($200K).
    • Is it sign of the times that prices are now paranthesed in Rupees???

      Must not be, since it's in South African Rand's, not Rupees. It would be about 8.68 million Rupees.
  • by voss (52565) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:49PM (#13215604)
    A cultural icon like that not in the smithsonian?!?
    It surely belongs in the smithsonian as much as Archie Bunkers chair.
    • The new owner plans on donating it to the Sithsonian Institute for Dark Side Artifacts.
  • by Iambic Pentametor (155674) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:49PM (#13215605)
    But... but... but, Honey!

    The kids won't need to go to college!
    With this, they can go to the Jedi Acadamy!
  • by somethingwicked (260651) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:50PM (#13215622)
    Due to the heat of walking around in a desert in a metal suit, the codpiece from C3PO's costume went for FAR LESS than expected...
  • I can get one cheaper at Barnes & Noble.
  • Cult? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by AAeyers (857625)
    ...George Lucas's cult Star Wars series...

    Christianity used to be a cult too, but I don't hear it being called that anymore. I think Star Wars has grown out of 'cult' status.
  • by Red Flayer (890720) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:54PM (#13215657) Journal
    From the Article:

    Some 85 items used in producer George Lucas's cult Star Wars series went on the block after one of the film's original producers Gary Kurtz put them up for sale to help maintain and restore his historic collection. (emphasis mine)

    I think the author mispelled "cash out while his collection still had some value."

  • Hamill's Salary? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by airship (242862) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:54PM (#13215663) Homepage
    Anyone know how much Mark Hamill was paid to play Luke Skywalker? Would he have been better off to have worked for free and just kept the lightsabre? I suspect that may be the case. If so, that's kind of warped.
    • Re:Hamill's Salary? (Score:3, Interesting)

      by winkydink (650484) *
      I think if you factor in the time value of money, he probably got a better deal with his then-salary.
  • by filledwithloathing (635304) on Monday August 01, 2005 @01:54PM (#13215667) Homepage Journal
    it actually went for $170,000 but there was an 18% buyers premium for the acution I guess they're sort of adding that in (although the math's still wrong). Here's the auction: http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItem&item=6545186641 [ebay.com]
    • When I got a few Battlestar Galactica props from the same auction house in an earlier auction, they did the same thing, adding the premium plus an extra percentage for using a credit card. As you can imagine, I wasn't thrilled about it, but I had read the rules beforehand and planned accordingly. Lesson learned: try to have enough funds on hand to wire :)

  • "I guess Star Wars is truly done"

    Honestly, I won't miss it. The Star Wars of 1977 I remember, (but hell -- it isn't even available for viewing anymore), was worthy of fond memories. Empire rocks, and Jedi well... the ewoks foreshadowed the horrors to come, can you say Jar-Jar?

    But imo, Lucas' greed killed it and for me turned it into a joke. He has to be the biggest marketing whore of the past few decades.

    How many frickin re-releases and rebrandings can make, repackage and resell. And it was clear he w

  • by solomonrex (848655) on Monday August 01, 2005 @02:31PM (#13216019)
    "from the dum-dum-dum-dum-da-dum-dum-dum dept."

    I believe that's
    dum-dum-dum-dum-da-dum-dum-da-dum
  • At $200k it sold for 3x expectations, eh?

    so they expected to get $66,666.66~ for it?
  • by Pseudo98 (904303) on Monday August 01, 2005 @02:43PM (#13216143)
    ...we could almost get our own ship for that!
  • a prototype boba fett action figure goes for 13 grand, and Luke Skywalkers lightsaber goes for a measly $200,000! I say again, WTF?
    • This from the people who camped in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater a month-plus before the latest film's release -- and who continued to stand there after they learned the movie wouldn't even be playing inside, saying they were doing so as an act of protest?

      That they show a lack of perspective and proportion should not surprise us overmuch. You think?

      After 30-odd years, the Trekkies have figured out what a piece of Klingon head makeup is worth, relative to the blue makeup the alien wore in a middling

  • "Someone With Too Much Money Spends $200,000 On Nostalgia Addiction"
  • I was actually surprised that LucasFilm wasn't keeping this, but I guess they have a bunch of famous lightsaber props to choose from...

    But this doesn't really mean the series is done for...I'm sure they haven't actually used the thing for any of the new (prequel) movies...

    Not to mention the new live action series [imdb.com] that's in the works...
  • They sold the lightsaber because in the next version of Star Wars, all the lightsabers will be replaced with flashlights.
  • There is no evidence that this "lightsaber" was used in the production of any Star Wars movie. We can only tell that is was owned by Gary Kurtz.

    It is a Graflex camera flash with a linhof mount at the end of it. The black grips (or "cooling fins") are of a type not seen anywhere else but in Kurtz collection. No lightsaber in any production photo or publicity photos or any of the lightsabers that Lucasfilm regularly puts on display has any grips like it.
    For all we know, it could be something that Gary Kurtz b
  • It is not accurate to call it THE lightsaber. It is ONE OF the prop lightsabers used in the movie. The certificate of authenticity is very clear. I'm sure Lucas has at least one also. No telling exactly how many there are. I hope the person who bid $200,000 realized that.

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