In honor of the latest film from the admired Star Wars franchise being released, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is bringing the original Star Wars lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker™ himself, Mark Hamill, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back once again to Hollywood! This is the first time ever that the renowned movie prop is being put out for the public to see.
This famous lightsaber was constructed from a vintage 1930s Graflex camera flash gun. The handle still has the authentic Graflex logo engraved into it. In addition, It also comes from the archives of Gary Kurtz, the producer on the first two Star Wars films.
Edward Meyer, VP of Exhibits & Archives for Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, bought the piece at the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction on June 28, 2017, for almost ½ a million dollars.
The lightsaber will be showcased at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium located at 6780 Hollywood Blvd. for a limited time. Furthermore, the exhibit will be open to the public beginning on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, and will run through the middle of January.
Along with the lightsaber, a C-3PO® head used on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Peter Mayhew’s (Chewbacca in Star Wars) handprint in concrete will be on display.
These classic film memorabilia artifacts will now be a part of Hollywood Ripley’s already-extensive Star Wars collection which already includes a portrait of Princess Leia™ made from 6,872 keyboard keys and holds secret messages. If you look extra really deeply, you can see “May the Force Be With You.”