A jacket worn by Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has raised almost $200,000 in an online charity auction.
The film, released in 2015, saw Ford return to his iconic role as space smuggler Han Solo, more than 30 years after hanging up his blaster.
With props and costumes from the Star Wars films bringing huge sums at auction, Ford chose to sell his screen-worn leather jacket for a good cause – the NYU Langone Medical Center’s FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) department.
Ford recently revealed his 26 year-old daughter Georgia Ford, has epilepsy, stating:
“When you have a loved one who suffers from this disease, it can be devastating. You know how it affects their lives, their future, their opportunities and you want desperately to find mitigation. You want to find a way that they can live a comfortable and effective life.”
The jacket was placed up for sale on the online charity auction site IfOnly, and attracted dozens of bids from around the world – before selling for a final price of $191,000.
“Very rarely do such iconic items — and one worn by such a beloved character and celebrated actor — come up for auction. This jacket is even more significant as Harrison wore it in his final appearance in a ‘Star Wars’ film,” said the auction site, describing the sale as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a very special piece of cinematic history.”
The jacket couldn’t quite match the price paid for Ford’s blaster used in both ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, which sold at Profiles in History in 2013 for $246,000.
However, it did beat the price paid for his leather jacket from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which sold at the same auction house in 2015 for $72,000.