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Neiman Marcus Bidder Offers $135,000 to Pilot Star Wars X-Wing Fighter; The STARBRIGHT Foundation Receives $100,000 for Children with Illness

DALLAS, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As the twentieth anniversary of Lucasfilm's Star Wars arrives, Luke Skywalker's X-wing starfighter changes hands. Neiman Marcus has awarded the limited edition life-size replica of the Rebel Alliance battle machine, featured in the 1996 Christmas Book, to the highest bidder in its second annual charity auction.

Presented at a minimum bid of $35,000, the only life-size replica X-wing fighter available for sale to the public now belongs to an East Coast businessman who offered $135,000 for the popular art piece. One hundred thousand dollars of the winner's bid will be donated to the STARBRIGHT Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps seriously ill children cope with the medical challenges they face.

Commissioned by Twentieth Century Fox, the X-wing starfighter is a full- scale reproduction of the vehicle Luke Skywalker used to destroy the evil Imperial Death Star. The X-wing, made of fiberglass covered steel, embodies all of the details of the original Star Wars fighter, from the wings to the armor to the engines.

The STARBRIGHT Foundation is chaired by film director and producer Steven Spielberg. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf serves as the Capital Campaign Chair. According to General Schwarzkopf, "STARBRIGHT's mission is simple: let kids be kids, turn fear into friendship, pain into joy, and loneliness into laughter. Our number one goal is never to forget the child behind the illness.

Working for the forces of good in this galaxy, $100,000 of the auction proceeds will benefit the STARBRIGHT Foundation. This organization unites the medical, entertainment and technological industries in a quest to improve the quality of life for children dealing with illness. Medical advisers, writers, producers and technology experts research, create and implement programs that empower these children to better cope with the pain and stress of sickness. The Foundation's projects include STARBRIGHT World, a three-dimensional, multi-user environment utilizing voice-based, full-motion communication to allow kids too young or sick to type the ability to participate freely using voice and video conferencing. This is an opportunity for kids to share experiences, give advice, ask questions, and reach out to others in a peer group not otherwise available.

In addition to the X-wing auction donation, Neiman Marcus will contribute a portion of all proceeds from the 1996 Christmas Book cover art products to the STARBRIGHT Foundation.

SOURCE Neiman Marcus
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/CONTACT: Chesie Breen of Evins Communications, Ltd., 212-688-8200; or Ginger Reeder of Neiman Marcus Direct, 972-714-3213/

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