Harrison Ford definitely has something to smile about as the Han Solo leather jacket he put up for auction at IfOnly, complete with his signature and a Certificate of Authenticity from Lucasfilm, earned him a whopping $191,000 after more than 50 people bid for it.
IfOnly confirmed that the last minutes of the auction caused a bidding frenzy until the time ended and the winning bid was announced.
The auction ran for two weeks and bidding started at $15,000, with a minimum bid of $18,000, but every dollar is worth it for Star Wars props and memorabilia collectors since this is the jacket that Han Solo wore in his last appearance for the epic science fiction franchise.
"The jacket worn by Harrison Ford in the film has been generously donated by the actor to benefit NYU Langone Medical Center and FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) [...] This jacket is even more significant as Harrison wore it in his final appearance in a "Star Wars" film," IfOnly wrote on the auction page.
Just as IfOnly wrote, all the proceeds for the sale of the jacket is going to two institutions close to Ford's heart. His daughter, Georgia, who suffers from seizures, is being treated at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
"I've been very impressed with the work NYU and the FACES team have done in the field of epilepsy research, and I hope this jacket will provide some means to further that exploration... This is a cause that's near and dear to me, and unlike the cynical Han Solo, I've got a good feeling about this," Ford said.
Ford's generosity is not new to Star Wars. The franchise launched a charity campaign on April 5 called "Force for Change" in which four charities will benefit from Star Wars fans' charitable efforts. The franchise will match the donations for up to $1 million and the top fundraiser each week will be gifted with cool Star Wars items and memorabilia.
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