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Among the more imaginative special effects in the 1977 blockbuster film Star Wars IV: A New Hope was the legendary arm of the Jedi knights - the light saber.

Constructed from Graflex camera flash battery units, these two light sabers are attributed as back-up props built by Ellis Props for Mark Hamill and Sir Alec Guinness in their roles as Luke Skywalker and ?Obi-Wan Kenobi. These two pieces were auctioned in a liquidation of the Ellis Props collection after the 1999 release of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.

Reprinted from America's 1st Freedom, May 2009.