Luke Skywalker's pants fetch $44,000 at auction

Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. Photo / Supplied
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back. Photo / Supplied

The pants worn by actor Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars film have sold at auction for US$36,100 (NZ$44,202) on Tuesday.

The young Jedi Knight wore the sand-colored regular Levi's pants throughout the 1977 movie, which launched the franchise by director George Lucas.

The pants had a pre-sale estimate of US$70,000-US$100,000, said Los Angeles auctioneer Nate D Sanders. He says there were 13 bids for the pants.

Star Wars launched the career of a young Harrison Ford, was soon followed by the equally popular The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

In the late 1990s, Lucas drew mixed reviews when he resurrected the blockbuster series with a prequel trilogy: The Phantom Menace (1999), The Attack of the Clones (2002) and The Revenge of the Sith (2005).

Walt Disney Company announced plans to revive the series in October, when it bought Lucasfilm for US$4 billion.

Sci-fi and action filmmaker J J Abrams will direct Episode VII, scheduled for release in 2015.

- AFP

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