Han Solo (Harrison Ford) was killed in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” However, fans can take home a piece of the famous space smuggler home, all for a noble cause. The rugged bomber jacket worn by Ford in Star Wars Episode VII has been put up for auction for a charity fundraiser.
Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone reports that actor Harrison Ford has donated his custom-made jacket to an auction hosted by If Only. The proceeds from the auction will directly benefit the NYU Langone Medical Center and Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures or FACES. The jacket has been signed and dated by Ford himself so no one would doubt its authenticity.
The advertisement on the If Only site reads: “Han Solo returned to the Star Wars universe in ‘The Force Awakens’ last December, appearing every bit the scoundrel that fans know and love. 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).
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. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a very special piece of cinematic history.” The auction will end on April 11.
The cause is close to the 73-year-old actor, famous for playing Indiana Jones. Ford’s daughter, Georgia Ford, 25, suffers from epilepsy herself.
“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 “Blade Runner” actor had told New York Daily News earlier this month.
A teary-eyed Ford said that with the right medication and therapy “she has not had a seizure in eight years.” Ford said that he looks up to his daughter. “I admire a lot of things about her. I admire her perseverance, her talent, her strength. She’s my hero. I love her.”