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Collectible 'Star Wars' posters up for grabs -- for a price

July 20, 2012|By Susan King

May the gavel be with you. Heritage Auctions-Beverly Hills' latest vintage movie posters auction has a few goodies for “Star Wars” fans.

Among the treasures from a galaxy of offerings is a 1978 poster for a concert by composer John Williams. It's autographed by writer-director George Lucas, art directed by Suzy Rice and illustrated by John Alvin, who depicts C-3PO and R2-D2 holding orchestra instruments. The poster is valued from $5,000-$8,000 because it was never used in promotions or released publicly -- and of course, there's that famous signature.

Also among the items at the auction, to be held July 25-26, is a "Star Wars” silk screen banner from 1977, estimated at $3,000-$6,000 because very few were made and even fewer were ordered by exhibitors.

A 1991 Russian half-sheet “Star Wars” poster depicts the space adventure as a cowboy tale. In fact, the poster, designed by Aleksandr Kulov, is called “Star Wars: A Galactic Western.” There are very few of these posters in existence.

All but one of the 25 “Star Wars” offerings hail from the estate of the late noted collector John L. Williams, with the majority valued in the hundreds of dollars, and many have an international flavor to them with offerings from Japan, Hong Kong and Israel among others.


There are several other gems in the auction as well, including a half-sheet poster from 1942’s “Casablanca,” valued between $30,000-$50,000; a one-sheet from Douglas Fairbanks’ 1926 “The Black Pirate,” valued between $10,000-$20,000; a three-sheet of the 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet," worth between $9,000-$15,000; and a one-sheet of the 1936 Carole Lombard comedy “Love Before Breakfast” valued between $15,000-$30,000.


There will be a full preview Monday through Wednesday at the Heritage Auctions-Beverly Hills, 9478 W. Olympic Blvd., first floor. Collectors can bid online immediately. 

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