The light-sabre used by intergalactic hero Luke Skywalker in Star Wars sold for $200 000 at an auction of Hollywood props that fetched far more than expected, officials said on Saturday.
The deadly laser sword brandished by actor Mark Hamill in the original 1977 film was the star of a lot of 550 pieces of movie memorabilia that went on the block on Friday and fetched a total of more than $2-million.
The fictional weapon sold for well over its estimate of between $60 000 and $80 000 at a live and online sale in Beverly Hills, said Lorna Hart of auctioneers profilesinhistory.com.
Skywalker's light-sabre, which gave rise to a generation of replicas and knock-offs, is in reality a short chrome tube with a rubber hilt.
Also performing far better than expected was the light-sabre used by Skywalker's dark nemesis Darth Vader in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. It fetched $118 000 instead of the estimated $40 000.