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Darth Vader Lightsaber - Star Wars Return of the Jedi

“Darth Vader” Lightsaber from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. (TCF, 1983) This Darth Vader lightsaber was actually constructed by Stuart Freeborn”s department as it was considered a make-up effect prop. This saber is constructed of resin rather than metal to minimize weight and was one of several made specifically for use when Vader”s mechanical hand is severed by Luke in the climactic battle at the end of this film. As this scene was to be shot several times, four hands were made up and dressed to look as though Vader”s mechanical hand was inside a glove. Stuart Freeborn stated that the sabers were also used in other scenes during the film”s production, as by the end of filming some of the crew kept taking them as souvenirs for their children. In the end the props department would borrow them from time to time and sometimes they would not be returned so more had to be made to replace what went missing. This lightsaber, along with many other items from the Star Wars films, were acquired from Stuart Freeborn. Freeborn stored most of the items he made for the films he worked on over the many years of his career. When interviewed he revealed the purpose of these Vader sabers and how they were made. This is an amazing Darth Vader lightsabre and a major historic film prop made for such a milestone sequence in Return of the Jedi where Luke strikes down his father, the turning point of the whole Star Wars saga. This lightsaber was acquired with many other production pieces and creature masks from Stuart Freeborn and are now part of producer Gary Kurtz”s archive. This item is being sold to help raise money for future acquisitions and restoration for the archive, so that future generations can see these amazing pieces of history in years to come. Comes with a letter of authenticity from the Kurtz archive.

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