Archive for Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Hollywood history auctioned

August 2, 2005

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— It didn't come cheap, but an anonymous bidder now owns a piece of Jedi history.

A light saber used by Mark Hamill when he played Luke Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" sold for $200,600 Friday in an auction of movie props and costumes, said Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, which held the auction.

Other items included a light saber used by the character Darth Vader in "Star Wars," which fetched $118,000; a leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," which brought in $94,400; and a leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator," which went for $41,300.

The "Star Wars" items were offered by Gary Kurtz, producer of the first two movies, who put up 75 pieces from his private collection to raise money to open a public film archive.

Prices included an 18 percent fee charged by the auction house.

Identities of the buyers weren't released.

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