Star Wars - Ep IV - A New Hope

Lot # 720 - Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Alec Guinness) First Turned Prototype Lightsaber

Stock #99349

An Obi-Wan Kenobi first-turned wooden prototype lightsaber, from the production of George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope. The lightsaber, conceptualised by George Lucas and constructed by John Stears and Roger Christian, was made from camera flash handles, battery packs and other hardware. The design was altered for different characters' lightsabers, including Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Alec Guinness), which utilised plumbing equipment and a World War I British grenade in its construction.

To create Guinness' 'dueling' lightsaber, which would require a motor to spin a rod and help create the glowing lightsaber effect, a master copy had to be carved from wood, allowing for moulds to be made for the reproduction of the lightsaber in metal.

This piece is the woodworked master used to create the lightsaber moulds. Carved on a lathe and painted with a white undercoat and a black topcoat, the prototype has a hole for the lathe's drive centre and another for a mould pour entrance. The saber shows wear from production use and aging, the paint has chipped away from most edges, and the rim of the end disc has broken off entirely. Dimensions: 28.5 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm (11 1/4" x 2" x 2")

£10,000 - 15,000 M

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

This item is on consignment and is sold under the margin scheme for collector's items; no VAT is due.
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