An original and authentic script of the first Star Wars film, once belonging to none other than Harrison Ford himself, is the pick of a host of Star Wars memorabilia set to be sold at a Kings Langley auctioneers.
On February 17, Excalibur Auctions will be auctioning the fourth of an eventual five drafts of Star Wars: A New Hope. The screenplay, dated to March 15, 1976, is titled, ‘The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the ‘Journal of the Whills’ by George Lucas’.
The script is incomplete and unbound including pages 1-48, 55-56, 58-88. Page 56 includes the first scene in which we are introduced to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo.
Also being sold is a pair of shooting schedules, a call sheet, and a collection of notes owned by Ford during the shooting of the film.
The call sheet is for the ‘Death Star Hallway to Core Shaft’ scene featuring Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The reverse of the call sheet has a handwritten note which appears to be arranging a meeting between Ford and film producer Robert Watts.
A typed letter that is believed to be from Ford’s agent, Patricia McQueeney, to Harrison himself, is also being auctioned.
Patricia writes of arranging Ford’s involvement in a forthcoming Jack Nicholson picture, and jokingly urges him to contact his wife Mary, who “hasn’t heard from him”.
During this time of production, Harrison was living in the top two floors of a house in Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, London.
The homeowners, and eventual vendors of the memorabilia, recalled Ford as an “excellent tenant”, though admit that they didn’t know who he was at the time.
Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia, and Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, visited several times, the vendor didn’t know who they were either, and didn’t even know Mark’s name, just referring to him as “the boy”.
Johnathan Torode of Excalibur Auctions said: “The vendor has given us full provenance; it’s stuff Harrison threw away and they kept us a memento. It’s starting at £8-12,000, but we don’t know just how high it could go!”
Optimism is high after the village auctioneers sold an extremely rare Star Wars figure for more than £26,000 in July of last year.
The figure, a Palitoy Jawa figure with a vinyl cape, is thought to be only the eighth or ninth found of its kind.
The owner of the Jawa, Marvel’s former art director, has since returned with another identical packaged figure, dug out from the depths of his house.
Johnathan said: “There’s probably less than 50 of these out there still in the Palitoy packaging. On this one, there is a slight crease in the card and a bubble in the plastic, but we’re hopeful it might do similarly well!”
The Jawa memorabilia goes to auction on January 27.
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