A lightsaber listed as Luke Skywalker’s weapon from A New Hope has been pulled from Profiles in History’s Blockbuster Hollywood Treasures auction over doubts about its origin. This follows comments by Mark Hamill and Roger Christian last week.

Los Angeles auctioneer Profiles in History said it had cancelled the sale due to “conflicting information”.

The item was described as one of five weapons designed by Oscar-winning set designer Roger Christian for actor Mark Hamill in the 1977 film.

But fans and bloggers raised questions about the prop online.

The lightsaber was expected to sell for up to $200,000 (£157,000).

In a statement reported by Reuters, Profiles in History chief executive Joe Maddalena said they had cancelled the sale of the weapon “in light of conflicting information” about its origin.

Mr Maddalena said they would not put it back up for auction “until Mr Christian can clear up the inconsistencies that have been brought to our attention”.

It had been listed as a lot in the Blockbuster Hollywood Treasures auction, due to take place between 11-14 December.

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