- 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: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?
Obi-Wan Kenobi's (Ewan McGregor) Hero Lightsaber
from STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005). Estimate £80,000 - £120,000 ($105,600 - $158,400)
Darth Vader's (Hayden Christensen) Hero Lightsaber
from STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005). Estimate £40,000 - £80,000 ($52,800 - $105,600)
Prop Store’s Live Auction will feature: