Luke wasn’t always a Skywalker; the original title of A New Hope was The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the ‘Journal of the Whills’. A signed early edition of that script is part of a super cool selection of Star Wars memorabilia up for auction, including storyboard sketches and concept art.
The films are so familiar now that it’s difficult to imagine a time when Landspeeders and AT-ATs only existed as hand-drawn illustrations, ultimately made into movie magic by Industrial Light and Magic; now these artifacts represent a turning point for the visual effects industry, which evolved at lightspeed leading up to and through pre-production and filming of the epic trilogy.
On October 17th, Profiles in History is putting these items up on the block for deep-pocketed sci-fi fans ready to drop anywhere from $US600 to $US15,000 for a piece of cinematic lore. It’s part of the massive Hollywood Auction 65 [PDF] — for the curious, there’s lots of other treasures to be found too. (The boxing gloves Sylvester Stallone wore to bout with Mr T. in Rocky III? They can be yours.)
A vacuum-formed plastic “test bust” of Han painted in gunmetal grey during post-production was a precursor to the full-body Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back. ($US6000 – $US8000)
A pencil, ink, and pen sketch of Luke piloting a Landspeeder in A New Hope, drawn by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($US3000 – $US5000)
Hand-drawn illustration of George Lucas “manning camera” in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($US2000 – $US3000)
A pencil and ink AT-AT in battle on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. ($US1200 – $US1500)
Comic artist Howard Chaykin designed the first ever Star Wars poster in 1976, with a logo assist from conceptual design legend Ralph McQuarrie. It was never issued to theatres. ($US600 – $US800)
This 144-page script was a fourth draft from 1976, signed by all the major cast and crew. ($US10,000 – $US15,000!)
Pen, ink, and pencil storyboards of Cloud City from the Luke and Darth lightsaber duel in The Empire Strikes Back. ($US2000 – $US3000)
These pen, ink, and pencil storyboards by concept artist Joe Johnston show Luke’s first trench run attempt (of two) in A New Hope that was later cut in post-production. ($US3000 – $US5000)