The Force awakens at Ewbank's Star Wars memorabilia auction near Woking
PUBLISHED: 11:29 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:29 13 November 2015
A two-day auction of music, sporting, film, TV and entertainment memorabilia at Ewbank's is on December 3-4
Ewbank’s sale features a particularly strong entry of Star Wars movie posters and memorabilia consigned from other owners, most amusing among them being an exact full scale replica of the robot droid character created by filmmaker George Lucas, R2-D2.
Made from plastic, metal and wood on wheels and painted in replica colours, the model is complete with interior electronics that provide lights and sound and is estimated at £1,500-2,500, as is a model of a Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper helmet.
An unfinished model in white vacu-formed plastic and rubber detail, the helmet was made by Andrew Ainsworth of Shepperton Design Studios who went on to make those used in the film. It was purchased by the vendor from Ainsworth in 1977 and is believed to be of one of a small number of unfinished models. The painted grey and black areas were added later by a friend for a fancy dress party. The helmet will be sold with a letter of authenticity from Ainsworth and a letter from the current vendor stating he bought it in 1977.
Among a large selection of cinema posters in the sale is a rare version of the UK quad (30 x 40 inches) designed by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt for the first release in the 20th Century Fox Star Wars saga in 1977. It was issued when the film was first released in the UK but it was subsequently decided that the depiction of the characters should more closely resemble the film’s actors, and therefore this version of the poster was discontinued in favour of Tom Chantrell’s artwork. It is estimated at £1,200-1,800.
A one-sheet (27 x 41 inches) advance poster for the same film on Mylar which reads: ‘Coming To A Galaxy Near You This Summer’ dates from 1976 and is estimated at £200-400, as is an advance teaser one-sheet for Star Wars Revenge of the Jedi (1982).
Among the most valuable film props in the auction is a production-used broomstick from the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which is identical to the one seen being ridden by Harry on the front of a Vanity Fair Magazine, a copy of which is included in the lot. Production-made marks on the piece match those in the photographs. The broom was purchased by the current owner from a crew member before the release of the first movie and is estimated at £3,000-5,000.
The full sale will be published online on Ewbank’s website on Tuesday 17 November with the auction held over two days in their Surrey saleroom on 3/4 December. For the latest news about Ewbank’s follow them on Twitter. Contact the auctioneer on 01483 223101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.