Proceeds will benefit epilepsy research

By Oliver Gettell
April 12, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
Lucas Films Ltd.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Han Solo claimed to be “in it for the money” — but we always knew he was a space smuggler with a heart of gold. So it’s only fitting that the man who plays him, Harrison Ford, raised $191,000 for charity by auctioning off a piece of his wardrobe.

Ford recently autographed and donated the stylish leather jacket he wore in Star Wars: The Force Awakens for an auction benefiting epilepsy research, and announced the winning bid Tuesday.

More than 50 people bid on the jacket, which started at $15,000 and culminated in “a nail-biting finish,” the company said.

Proceeds from the auction will support the NYU Langone Medical Center and Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures. The cause is a personal one for Ford, whose daughter has epilepsy.

“We are incredibly appreciative of Harrison Ford’s and Lucasfilm’s generosity to support the FACES research and clinical epilepsy programs at NYU Langone Medical Center,” Dr. Orrin Devinsky said in a statement. “A phenomenal success!”

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