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eBay is the Dark Side of signing autographs for Star Wars hero Mark Hamill

Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill has defended a decision not to sign autographs, saying he is tired of seeing them for sale on eBay "within hours".

The 64-year-old, who reprises his rebel hero role in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, gave the response to a fan who questioned him on Twitter following the film's premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Writing on his @hamillhimself account, the actor said: "If I could know it's a fan (not a dealer), I'd sign all night. Tired of seeing what I sign on ebay (sic) within hours."

The comment came in reply to a tweet from @ryan_ducote, who had written: "I don't understand why @HamillHimself can't ever sign for his fans, especially at a Star Wars premiere."

Hamill joined fellow Star Wars veterans Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to walk the red carpet for the first screening of the highly anticipated new Star Wars movie at LA's TCL Chinese Theatre.

Autographed pictures of the star, who played a central role in the original trilogy of films from 1977 to 1983, are available on eBay for prices running into hundreds of pounds.

In reply to another tweet from someone suggesting he personalise autographs, Hamill said: "Dealers remove personalized names w/ nail polish remover. LOVE the real fans- dealers who gouge fans... not so much!"

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