Hi all. I've been collecting screen used prequel lightsabers since the films came out. There are a ton of legit prequel pieces in private hands. There are also a ton that look "right" that have zero provenance and no way to ever know. There are also quite a few that do not look right, and most likely are not. I have seen lots of legit pieces come to auction as well as quite a few I would question. Pieces absolutely were gifted out to various cast and crew on the prequels... and many more were simply kept. As far as the remarks of the Lucasfilm archivist... I was not surprised to hear her comments at all. They did an amazing job holding onto things and cataloging them for their Archive. I believe she said she was personally on hand just for Ep.2 and 3 in Australia, but I could be incorrect. I also know quite a bit of stuff was intentionally destroyed by production - as in, taken to the bandsaw and skipped. That all said... no one should be taking her comments as a reason to draw the conclusion everything in private hands is not legit and that only what is in the Archive is. That is absurd. When I had to auction off my extensive Lord of the Rings prop collection, Peter Jackson's lawyers got involved and made the same assertion... that nothing real was in private hands, that only what was in their archive was legit... and then they backed off after countless examples were presented to them of legit filming props 3 Foot 6, Wingnut, New Line, etc. gifted out or gave away in promotional contests. If you are managing an archive of items like they are, it makes all the sense in the world to simply cast doubt on everything outside of your control for a number of reasons. But back to the point at hand... there is a ton of great Star Wars prequel stuff in private hands... some gifted out directly by Lucasfilm for charity auctions, some gifted out directly by Lucasfilm to cast and crew like Rick McCallum, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Gillard, etc., and then quite a bit retained by various cast and crew likely without permission. But yes... lots of prequel lightsabers out there are questionable and very likely recasts... but a ton of great stuff is as well. Do your homework as always. Try your best to trace things back to production when possible. And take advantage of resources in the industry when you have questions.