Harrison Ford’s ‘Star Wars’ script fetches £10,795 at UK sale

Ford left the script at the London flat he rented at the time along with shooting schedules, which sold for £4,826, and a letter from an agent or friend, which sold for £177.80.

An original draft Star Wars script left in a London apartment by Han Solo actor Harrison Ford sold at a UK auction for £10 795 (about R258,321.14) on Saturday.

The script was used when Ford was in London for the filming of the first instalment of the epic saga, originally entitled The Adventures Of Luke Starkiller, at Elstree Studios north of London.

The fourth draft of the screenplay, dating from 15 March 1976, was snapped up by an Austrian collector when it went under the hammer at Excalibur Auctions in Hertfordshire, north of London.

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Ford left the script at the London flat he rented at the time along with shooting schedules, which sold for £4,826, and a letter from an agent or friend, which sold for £177.80.

The landlords renting the property found the items and kept them for decades.

The incomplete and unbound script contains revisions, and introduces Han Solo on page 56.

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The 1977 film catapulted Ford to international fame and he starred in sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return Of The Jedi (1983), before taking on the role again in The Force Awakens (2015).

Excalibur Auctions’ auctioneer Jonathan Torode said this sale saw a record set for a Star Wars script, “which shows how a personal link to the items is so enticing to Star Wars fans”.

Film script auctions

Original movie scripts are sold to the highest bidder during film script auctions. These auctions present opportunities for collectors, filmmakers, and enthusiasts to acquire rare and valuable authentic scripts.

If you fall under one of the aforementioned categories, you might like to take a peek at the following film script auctions:

Omega auctions

Omega auctions holds film and TV memorabilia auctions twice a year. Their auctions feauture costumes, awards, autographed scripts, collectible posters, and props from several movies, including James Bond, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Walt Disney films.

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Omega has two upcoming auctions on the 27th of February and one on 5 March.

Their first lot is a Punk, Alt, New Wave and Indie Vinyl Records collection. Viewings on this lot begins on Monday at 10am.

Their second lot on Tuesday is at 1pm, it is the Martin Duffy Collection.

Lastly, is the Hight Meadows – Rare Psychedelic Posters, bidding for this lot starts at 10am while viewing begins on 4 March.

Heritage Auctions

Heritage auctions is a collectibles auctioneer, which offers a vast range of collectibles, art and antiques, coins and currency, comics, comic art and animation art, as well as entertainment and multimedia amongst other departments.

Heritage currently has more than 400 catalogues open for bidding including live proxy bidding from 2024 February 22 Jim Davis: The Art of Garfield Showcase Auction, this bid will be open for Internet bidding on Thursday.

Also ongoing is Golden Age Romance Featuring Fox Comics & Comic Art Showcase Auction, this auction is already open for Internet bidding.

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