‘One of the rarest Star Wars posters of all time’ to go under the hammer to benefit Ukraine
A Star Wars poster described as “one of the rarest of all time” is being auctioned to benefit Ukraine. The artwork was originally produced for the 1977 sci-fi epic by famed American fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, known as the Brothers Hildebrandt.
Depicting Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and branded with its creators’ surname, it is estimated to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000. The Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope poster had a limited release and was later withdrawn from circulation and replaced with the more commercial Style C poster featuring the work of illustrator Tom Chantrell.
According to Prop Store auctioneers, this makes it “one of the rarest Star Wars posters of all time.” It will be sold at the company’s headquarters in Hertfordshire with no reserve and with a starting bid of just £10 to give as many fans the chance to secure the coveted piece.
All proceeds from the sale hammer will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Humanitarian Appeal which provides aid to those fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
Stephen Lane, Managing Director of Prop Store, said: “Prop Store is delighted to support such an important cause with the inclusion of our Hildebrandt poster as a charity lot in our upcoming live cinema poster auction on Thursday March 24, 2022. With bidding starting at £10, fans with all budgets can bid on this incredible charity and hopefully bring home a rare and coveted film memorabilia at the same time – we expect to see excellent results for such an urgent appeal.
The so-called Hildebrandt-style poster will feature alongside more than 550 sets of rare film posters and artwork that are expected to fetch over £200,000 in total. The sale will take place on Thursday March 24 from 3 p.m.
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