We all know that Han Solo is perhaps the coolest and best hero in the “Star Wars” franchise. However, this week the character managed to break the fourth wall and become a hero in the real world by donating his now-iconic article of clothing to an incredibly worthwhile cause.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the jacket worn by actor Harrison Ford in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went up for auction so that fans and collectors could bid on the item on IfOnly.com. The outlet reports that bidding for the prop started at $15,000. However, after an intense battle between more than 50 bidders, which ended with a tense back-and-forth exchange Tuesday afternoon, the jacket was sold for a whopping $191,000.
Presumably there is some rich “Star Wars” fan out there who now has the props to re-enact his or her favorite “Force Awakens” moment (or least favorite, depending on which scene). However, that doesn’t mean the auction was for frivolous reasons. It turns out that all the proceeds from the bidding went to support the New York University Langone Medical Center and the Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES) not-for-profit organization.
“I’ve been very impressed with the work NYU Langone and the FACES team have done in the field of epilepsy research,” Ford told ABC News. “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.”
In March, an emotional Ford attended an event for the Langone Medical Center where he revealed to the public that his daughter Georgia, whom he had with his second wife, Melissa Mathison, lives with epilepsy. The New York Daily News reports that he shared his journey as a parent to get his daughter diagnosed, revealing that it was a struggle, fighting back tears.
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