Questionable 'Star Wars' Lightsaber Withdrawn From Auction; Mark Hamill Responds

The Luke Skywalker actor cautioned fans about the listing he felt was not entirely transparent.
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Mark Hamill on Tuesday responded to the news that a Star Wars lightsaber he called into question going up for auction was pulled over concerns of authenticity.

A fan tweeted at Hamill that they could imagine him laughing at the update while looking at an actual lightsaber on his mantel. 

"YES!!! Picture that... Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha... oh wait... I don't have one. #SaberlessMarkHoHoHoHamill," he tweeted

Earlier this month, the Luke Skywalker actor cautioned fans about the listing by Major Hollywood auction house Profiles in History, which he felt was not entirely transparent. The listing was for a lightsaber described as used by Hamill's character in 1977's A New Hope. It was set to easily fetch six figures. The actor said the lightsaber prop may be legit, but it is not as rare as it may seem because numerous models were made for both himself and his stunt double.

Yet, some Hollywood memorabilia and Star Wars fans raised questions about whether the lightsaber was even used at all by Hamill in the film or if it is a replica or prototype.

On Monday, the auction house pulled the item from the upcoming showcase. 

“In light of conflicting information regarding the origin of Roger Christian’s Lightsaber, Profiles in History has decided to withdraw the piece from this auction until Mr. Christian can clear up the inconsistencies that have been brought to our attention,” Profiles in History chief executive Joe Maddalena said in a statement to Reuters. 

The Profiles in History Hollywood auction takes place Dec.11-13.

Hamill is currently filming Episode IX. J.J. Abrams is back in the director's chair for the installment, due out Dec. 20, 2019.