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Original Lightsaber Goes For 3x Expectations

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the dum-dum-dum-dum-da-dum-dum-dum dept.

Star Wars Prequels 258

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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Link to original /. article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215534)

Don't know why the OP didn't include this link, but here it is: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/07/06/123423 4&tid=101&tid=186 [slashdot.org]

Posting as AC, not karma-whoring, blah blah.

Technically, there should be two (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215969)

Toward the end of Episode V ("The Empire Strikes Back") Luke loses his hand and lightsaber. So, in Episode VI he should be wielding a replacement.

Wow! (4, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215536)

(about R1.3m)

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

Re:Wow! (1)

LSD-OBS (183415) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215591)

Or 3.54 billion Zimbabwe Dollars!

Re:Wow! (2, Funny)

beacher (82033) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215595)

I'm surprised that there isn't a USD Imperial Credits conversion function... Then again, Imperial credits are no good in this system.......

I just farted. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215537)

And it stinks.

Re:I just farted. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215647)

Really? Mine smell like roses.

Re:I just farted. (1)

CompuSwerve (792986) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215776)

Dad, is that you? Let me guess, the dog did it, right?

Wow! (2, Funny)

geomon (78680) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215538)

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.

Re:Wow! (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215558)

Vader's will fetch more.

RTFA (2, Informative)

AAeyers (857625) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215672)

Also performing far better than expected was the lightsaber used by Skywalker's dark nemesis Darth Vader in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, which fetched $118 000 dollars instead of the estimated $40 000 - $60 000.

$200,000 > $118,000.

Re:RTFA (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215885)

You forgot to add units.

$200,000 in (2005 US Curency) $118,000 (1980 currency)

so with an average of 3% inflation over 25 years...

$118,000*1.03^25 = $247,065.80 (of 2005 US curency)

Re:RTFA (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215930)

They sold both sabers this year. The '1980' reference was to when the movie was released, not when the prop was sold.

not that suprising (2, Insightful)

everphilski (877346) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215583)

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-

Let's get real (2, Insightful)

bigwavejas (678602) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215540)

That saber belongs to none other than the Star Wars Kid http://www.screamingpickle.com/members/StarWarsKid / [screamingpickle.com]

Re:Let's get real (1)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215929)

I do think whoever bought it should give it to the Star Wars kid. He seems deserving.... although he might break it if he hasn't worked on his balance and "force".... Guess he could have done worse and used fluorescent light bulbs....

penis sabre (0, Offtopic)

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Of course (4, Funny)

papasui (567265) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215554)

George needs the warehouse room so he can sell the original extra special platinum edition lightsabre.

Re:Of course (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215849)

Comeon moderators the Starwars kid [slashdot.org] right above this one is insigtful and this one isn't?

Maybe this comment is too subtle to get it. Let me explain. The joke is that there are 4 or 5 SW releases and you have to buy a new version of the movie for each media. Say you want SW III on DVD, well I hope you like the extra platinum special edition because that is all your going to get. Now on VHS you get the true(?) movie edition. Yeah Han shoots first.

Missing Items (5, Funny)

spaztech (899194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215561)

How much did they get for Mark Hamill? He's obviously part of this collection that no one has seen for years..

Re:Missing Items (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215673)

Just because you don't see him doesn't mean he's not out there. He's had a hell of a career doing voice acting work, for example.

Sorry Mark (1)

spaztech (899194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215732)

Sorry Mark, I didn't know you were an AC on /. I apologize. You did a helluva voice job on.. wait, I have no FN idea.

Re:Missing Items (4, Informative)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215735)

I realize you were just being funny, but anyone with kids has seen (and heard) quite a bit of Mark Hammill since Return of the Jedi. See here [imdb.com] .

WOW!! (1)

spaztech (899194) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215761)

You weren't kidding.. that's insane. He has been a very busy man. That's a helluva list. Kudos for the info.

Re:WOW!! (4, Interesting)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215798)

Hehe, I was amazed by it about a week or two ago, when I checked out of curiosity. I can't believe he's had time to have kids.

Of note, one of his sons was an extra in the crowd during the pod racing scene. Ironically, that son was watching Luke's father win the race. It all sounds like part of a Douglas Adams story to me :)

Re:WOW!! (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215932)

It all sounds like part of a Douglas Adams story to me :)
Either that, or a Ray Stevens song.

Re:Missing Items (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215859)

that's kickass. I never knew he did an English voice for the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds movie.

Re:Missing Items (1)

IPFreely (47576) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215951)

He also did an English voice for "Castle in the Sky", another great movie from the creator of Nausica.

In Other News.. (2, Funny)

joepeg (87984) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215565)

.. the infamous "Star Wars Kid" puts golf ball retriever up for sale on eBay...

I thought that was spam (3, Funny)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215567)

Make you light saber 3x! Or something like that.

I'd rather (4, Funny)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215571)

I'd rather have the little outfit that Princess Leia wore while being a slave for Jabba the Hut ;-)

Re:I'd rather (5, Funny)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215596)

I don't think it would fit you.

Re:I'd rather (1)

zardo (829127) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215610)

I wonder if the discharge stains make it more or less valuable.

Re:I'd rather (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215670)

Let's get the obligatory Family Guy quote out of the way:

Auctioneer: Our first item, the golden bikini that Carrie Fischer wore in Return of the Jedi
Quagmire: $50!
Auctioneer: She had 9 STD`s
Quagmire: $45
Auctioneer: And when we found her she wet herself.
Quagmire: $50!!!

Re:I'd rather (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215712)

Oh my, that was toooooo good there!

Even as an agnostic... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215680)

I pray to whatever gods may or may not be listening that you are a woman.

Re:I'd rather (1)

JonnyCalcutta (524825) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215921)

Is that you Tronguy [tronguy.net] ?

Re:I'd rather (1)

IPFreely (47576) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215972)

What? so you can look like This [userfriendly.org] ?

Re:I'd rather (1)

jurt1235 (834677) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215984)

Why, do you look good in it?

Re:I'd rather (1)

davidc (91400) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215988)

This item would only be of any use if the Princess came with it :-)

But does it work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215572)

The guy who bought it knows IT DOESN'T WORK, right? I mean sure, I'd pay $200,000 for a working prototype, but a non-functional one isn't worth more than $125,000 at best.

Re:But does it work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215689)

You oldskool jackass!

All the kids know it's all about Natalie Portman, naked and petrified, covered in hot grits!

Now with 67% more cowbell.

Hey (5, Funny)

zardo (829127) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215573)

$200,000 is a small price to pay, I'd pay that much for the nuclear power cell alone.

Re:Hey (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215815)

Nuclear Power Cell? Don't you know those things are Jedi-powered?

Re:Hey (1)

ghukov (854181) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215973)

(not) actually... they do [wikipedia.org] have power cells.

Profit! (1)

magicchex (898936) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215574)

1. Make revolutionary movie.
2. Follow it up 20-30 years later with horrible prequels.
3. ???
4. Profit!!!

Re:Profit! (1)

Evil Adrian (253301) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215589)

that joke has got to be, what, 5 years old? enoughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Wow (1)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215581)

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...

Re:Wow (1)

Coventry (3779) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215654)

"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.

Re:Wow (1)

RandoX (828285) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215826)

Dick.

Re:Wow (1)

iocat (572367) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215827)

That was a great special... showed them making the laser sounds by hitting high tension wires (the were supporting telephone poles IIRC) with metal mallets. Of course, now that would be some kind of Patriot Act / DMCA violation...

PacBell owns the sounds its wires make when struck by mallets by long-haired terrorist types, etc.

For this price.... (1)

ID000001 (753578) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215588)

.... 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.

Sign of the Times? (1)

ajiva (156759) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215603)

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).

Re:Sign of the Times? (1)

Rolan (20257) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215679)

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.

Re:Sign of the Times? (1)

VoidWraith (797276) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215723)

But is it Rupees, Rand, Rubles, Ringgit, Rufiyaa?

Editors: when specifying a currency... use the three letter abbreviation! R is WAY too vague.

It turns out its South African Rand... the abbreviation for which is ZAR. Use it.

Re:Sign of the Times? (1)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215874)

Editors? You must be new here.

Although the submitter could certainly find a better source for a story that took place in Los Angeles than a South African website.

Because that would be so much clearer... (1)

cr0sh (43134) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215898)

It turns out its South African Rand... the abbreviation for which is ZAR. Use it.

Everyone knows that "ZAR" means "South African Rand"!!!

Seriously, when I saw the headline, I was thinking "rupees", too - so I had to go to the website and see "Ah, South Africa" - and so I knew it wasn't a rupee - but what it was I still didn't know, other than thinking "it must begin with an 'R' - meh". It wasn't until your post and others like it that I learned that SA's unit of currency was called a "Rand". Ok, I can deal with that...

However, I have to seriously wonder about the writer of the piece. The writer is obviously local for the story, reporting on international events. So, why didn't he instead write the line as:

...sold for R1 300 000 (about $200 000 US) at an auction...

If he had wanted to be a little more "worldly", he could have pegged it with the Euro, the British Pound, or the Yen, or something similar. Of the four, I would have personally picked the Euro - and I am an American (I just think the Euro is something *everyone* in major countries can convert, to an approximate number, in their head quickly to their own currency) - the writer could have just left it in Euros and been done with it...

I suppose, now, a lot more people know what a "Rand" is, though...

Why is this not in the SMITHSONIAN?!? (4, Insightful)

voss (52565) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215604)

A cultural icon like that not in the smithsonian?!?
It surely belongs in the smithsonian as much as Archie Bunkers chair.

You spent *how* much? (4, Funny)

Iambic Pentametor (155674) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215605)

But... but... but, Honey!

The kids won't need to go to college!
With this, they can go to the Jedi Acadamy!

Shitty ass grammar. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215615)

"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"

Wow, how did they manage to look into the future like that?!

south african rand (R)? (1)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215618)

is that really necessary? we're mostly only concerned with relevant currencies (like US dollars). so you could have edited that part out.

US dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215888)

is that really necessary? we're mostly only concerned with relevant currencies (like euros). so you could have edited that part out.

Wow... (1)

thewils (463314) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215621)

Useless lump of plastic sold for $200K. What a twit. Someone, somewhere, someone has their priorities all wrong.

Re:Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215691)

Someone, somewhere, someone needs to work on proofreading their posts...

And it was chrome numbnut, not plastic.

Re:Wow... (1)

petabyte (238821) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215851)

Useless lump of plastic sold for $200K

I tried a similar line with the girlfriend in a jewlery store when we were buying useless lumps of rock. It didn't take then either.

Re:Wow... (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215949)

Maybe. Or just maybe he expects to be able to resell it for $250K (whatever that is in Rubles) in a few years, and realize a large profit.

UNSURPRISINGLY... (3, Funny)

somethingwicked (260651) | more than 9 years ago | (#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...

Re:UNSURPRISINGLY... (1)

Albino Wolfman (822132) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215894)

When asked for comment, Anthony Daniels responded "IT'S A TRAP!".

That's the 9,454,343,234th time that joke has been used, but we can give out a prize when we hit 10,000,000,000.

#irc.trollt4lk.com (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215625)

More stable all over America if you move a table but it's not a NetBSD posts on practical pur;poses, paranoid conspiracy this exploitation,

Holy Jar-Jar, Jedi! (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215639)

I can get one cheaper at Barnes & Noble.

Cult? (2, Interesting)

AAeyers (857625) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215644)

...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.

Re:Cult? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215773)

Christianity is a cult.

Re:Cult? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215832)

Christianity was only called a cult by the Roman Empire when they were murdering them and trying to wipe them out - The usual purpose of intentional slander.

Edit for truthfulness (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215657)

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? (3, Insightful)

airship (242862) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215663)

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? (2, Interesting)

winkydink (650484) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215688)

I think if you factor in the time value of money, he probably got a better deal with his then-salary.

Re:Hamill's Salary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215739)

I seem to remember he got 1% of the ticket sales for Return of the Jedi on top of his salary. That's way more than the sale price for this saber, and doesn't even count the first two films.

Re:Hamill's Salary? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215824)

According to IMDB he was paid $650,000. I always heard it was considerably less and given the budget and time, mid 1970s, that sound very high. Known A list actors were making that not unknown kids. I always heard $8,000. That may have been a week but if true and it was say a three month shoot that would put him more like 100 grand. I have to believe the IMDB quote was way off. I know Hamill, Ford and Fisher were paid about the same and they always say it was very low. If all were paid 650K It would have added up to nearly a quarter of the budget. That doesn't include several name actors, Alec Guiness, Peter Cushing and James Earl Jones.

it actually went for $170,000.... (3, Informative)

filledwithloathing (635304) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215667)

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]

Re:it actually went for $170,000.... (1)

filledwithloathing (635304) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215720)

whoops, math is only off $600 so no mistake. I guess that's what I get for rushing to FP something with a link in it.

Re:it actually went for $170,000.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215907)

Your math is still off - you were nowhere even remotely close to first post.

darn (1)

asscroft (610290) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215682)

"looks like starwars is truly done"

Damn. I was hoping for the final three movies.

ah well.

Re:darn (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215838)

Keep hoping because I think you're going to get them. I figure that nobody wants anything from George Lucas that isn't Star Wars related and that's not going to change.

  He'll take some time off and raise his kids.

  Then he'll make a couple of films that suck even more than the prequels.

  Finally he'll get to working on some kind of new version of the first 6 episodes and "discover" some new cool technology that he wants to play with and then just like that you'll get the headline.

  "Lucas Announces Long Rumored Final Three Episodes"

  I figure I'll be about 51 when it happens. I just turned 40 about two weeks ago.

It's was "done" 3 episodes ago (1)

Morpeth (577066) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215694)

"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 was more and more writing soley so he can market more pointless, useless crap off on kids, and adults apparently.

I think it could have been a a true classic 6-pack if he didn't cheapen it down so much -- like the last movie, the Burger King dude and Darth Vader, Vader selling M&Ms, ad naseum, I mean c'mon.

I didn't even see the last film. Sure, I heard the effects were great etc etc -- but between the franchise become a joke, the marketing, and his horrific writing that I could no longer overlook, I really didn't have the heart to see it sadly. Sigh...

Re:It's was "done" 3 episodes ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215800)

FWIW, you can still find the laserdisc releases of Star Wars on eBay. Also, if you don't mind trading in grey market items, superhappyfun.com [superhappyfun.com] has the laserdisc versions and will sell you DVD-R copies pretty cheaply. Use the code "trilogy" in the special offers section.

Re:It's was "done" 3 episodes ago (1)

Cheeze (12756) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215896)

good response.

I saw episode 1, and I was almost embarassed. I didn't see all of episode 2, but what I did see of it made me want to gorge my eyes out. The acting was horrible, and the plot was very weak. The 3rd one will be on TV in a few months probably and I might sleep through it.

Stick a fork in it, already! (1)

Albino Wolfman (822132) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215696)

I guess Star Wars is truly done.

I was saying the same thing when Phantom Menace was released.

...or go to space! (1)

Ultronator (900114) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215708)

I'd rather go to space [slashdot.org] for that price.

Edit for truth (0, Redundant)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215737)

"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 misspelled "cash out before his collection becomes worthless."

The sad part is (1)

TheSneak (904279) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215755)

A lot of people probably envy whoever bought that peice of chrome and rubber for $200k.

Thankfully i fall into the group that will just laugh at him behind his back. Unless of course it came with a guy who follows you around making lightsaber sound effects...

R1.3m (1)

Ziggurat Dan (876294) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215805)

R1.3m? How much is that in Quatloos?

I'm glad I didn't break my lightsaber... (1)

B11 (894359) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215808)

when I did "Guys And Dolls," because George Lucas makes us pay for those you know.

And from the looks of it, they aren't cheap.

Re:I'm glad I didn't break my lightsaber... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215870)

Neither is your mom, but that doesn't stop me.

Charity? (1)

ytsejam-ppc (134620) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215875)

Somebody tell me this went to charity and not to George. I'm a starwars geek like the rest, but for the love of pete, this money could be used so much better elsewhere.

Rupee conversion rate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13215897)

The converted rate is not in Indian rupees. There are 43 rupees to the dollar which would make it closer to 8.6 million rupees. Any idea what the R1.3 million is?

Not Rupees... (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215943)

South African Rand. But more importantly, about 13 million Bangladesh Taka.

What do you mean 'intergalactic'? (1)

brainburger (792239) | more than 9 years ago | (#13215925)

Still, I recall seeing the back of a VHS copy of Alien describing the beast as 'galactic', which was worse, or something.
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