Strap yourselves in, it’s bumpy ride from Tatooine to London for the upcoming Prop Store auction on 1st and 2nd December which will see some of the lightsabers from the collection of prequel trilogy stunt coordinator Nick Gillard go under the hammer.
Two lightsabers are sure to grab the most headlines, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Hero Lightsaber wielded by Ewan McGregor from 2005’s Revenge of the Sith which holds an estimate of£80,000 – £120,000 ($105,600 – $158,400) and Darth Vader’s Hero Lightsaber swung by Hayden Christensen also from Sith estimated at between £40,000 – £80,000 ($52,800 – $105,600).
Star Wars stunt coordinator, Nick Gillard – the man who taught the Jedi, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, how to duel lightsabers in battle, is selling some of the incredible lightsabers from Star Wars 2005 prequel Revenge of the Sith, including Ewan McGregor’s Hero Lightsaber from his role as Obi-Wan, which is estimated to sell between £80,000 – £120,000 ($105,600 – $158,400). These are being sold as part of Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd December 2020, featuring a collection of film memorabilia worth over worth over £4.4 million ($5.6 million)
Over 110 Star Wars lots including props, costumes and production ephemera will be sold as part of the auction, featuring over 900 lots from more than 350 different films and TV shows
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, commented on the upcoming auction: “I am a massive Star Wars fan myself, so I’m particularly excited about some of the incredible lots we have coming up for auction, including a number of different lightsabers used by various Jedi, with the highlights being those used by Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. We have a number of very cool props from the original trilogy, including a Stormtrooper blaster and Hoth Rebel Trooper blaster rifle! Prop Store is thrilled to be offering such iconic pieces of the Star Wars universe to fans, together with over 900 props and costumes at Prop Store’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction next week, on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd December 2020.”
Nick Gillard said about his time working with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen on the Star Wars prequels:
Looking back at the prequel trilogy, how did you approach the creation of a fighting style for these Republic-era Jedi?
“We hadn’t seen Jedi, young Jedi in their prime, fighting before. So George [Lucas] said, “Can you come up with a style that’s going to work for this?” He wanted everything in Star Wars – not just the fighting, but also props, costumes, things like that – to have a familiarity to it. So you have to base it on something people know. If it’s a gun, he’d reject some super-smooth space-gun for something with a bit of a flintlock thing on it. There had to be something you recognize. So I based the fighting style on kendo, but I also tried to use every cool sword style that there was, and tried to marry them all together.”
How physically demanding was it for the actors during these lightsaber duels?
“Oh, incredibly demanding. It was the most demanding thing they did on those films. They would normally come for six-to-eight weeks prior to shooting and rehearse for at least four hours a day – although Hayden [Christensen] would often do eight hours every day! Ewan [McGregor] also put in a lot of time on all three films. He’s fabulous to work with: brave, smart, a natural athlete, and he wants to get it right.”
Along with these incredible props, there’s plenty of other Star Wars related props up for auction.
Stormtrooper Blaster from STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983). Estimate £50,000 – £70,000 ($66,000 – $92,400)
Light-Up Remote-control R2-S8 Droid from STAR WARS: SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018). Estimate £40,000 – £60,000 ($52,800 – $79,200)
Screen-matched Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Alec Guinness) Home and Moisture Vaporator Model Miniatures from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE – SPECIAL EDITION (1997). Estimate £25,000 – £35,000 ($33,000 – $46,200)
Hoth Rebel Trooper A295 Blaster Rifle from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980). Estimate £20,000 – £30,000 ($26,400 – $39,600)
Obi Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) Fighting Lightsaber with Blade from STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). Estimate £40,000 – £60,000 ($52,800 – $79,200)
Stormtrooper Suit from THE MANDALORIAN (TV SERIES, 2019-). Estimate £8,000 – £12,000 ($10,560 – $15,840)
Full-size Dewback Head from STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977). Estimate £20,000 – £30,000 ($26,400 – $39,600)
Qui-Gon Jinn’s (Liam Neeson) Fighting Lightsaber from STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). Estimate £10,000 – £15,000 ($13,200 – $19,800)
Stay tuned as we will bring all the details from what look set to be a huge auction.