Star Wars has entertained billions of people over the past 40 years and is now firmly entrenched in the world of popular culture. In the Prop Store Cinema Poster Live Auction, we are proud to offer the most extensive collection of Star Wars posters ever to be offered on the open market. In the collection, there are a number of rare international posters, including lots from the UK, US, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong and many other countries. Additionally, we are very lucky to have some truly rare and iconic posters that is sure to re-ignite your Star Wars nostalgia with the iconic art of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Check out a selection from our Star Wars Collection from the Cinema Poster Live Auction below, and find out a little more about our favourite Star Wars lots…
Lot 81 – “Non-Oscars®” UK Quad Poster (1977), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Tom Chantrell
A rare unfolded “Non-Oscars®” Quad for “Star Wars” from the archive of the artist Tom Chantrell. This “proof” poster was provided to the artist for approval prior to the release of the film. The “Non-Oscars®” version of the Quad was used for a short period following the film’s premiere and was superseded by the “Oscars®” Quad as the film was released across the country. The “Non-Oscars” Quad was printed in much smaller quantity.
30″ x 40″ (76 x 102 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Unrestored unfolded and in near mint condition.
This item comes from the official Chantrell archive and written provenance to this effect will be provided.
Lot 325 – US Teaser “B” 7-Sheet Poster (1977), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Unknown Artist
One of the rarest of all “Star Wars” posters, this linen-backed US 7-Sheet Teaser was produced in tiny numbers and is believed to have been distributed to LA, San Francisco and New York only. Very few 7-Sheets have survived and it is possible that this example is one of only two to three in existence. The inclusion of the “May 25th” opening date also distinguishes this poster. The design is simple and to the point and would have provided the public with their first exposure to what evolved into the global “Star Wars” phenomenon.
81 1/2″ x 94″ (207 x 239 cm)
Condition: Good. Linen-backed with some foldline restoration and surface scuffs but complete
Lot 369 – Three Olly Moss Posters (2010), STAR WARS TRILOGY (1977-83)
Artist: Olly Moss
A set of three Star Wars posters designed by Olly Moss, these silk-screened in a limited edition of 400, this set numbered #317/400. This re-imagined initiative was officially licensed by Lucasfilm/Mondo and is a very collectable set.
24″ x 36″ (61 x 92 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Unrestored and rolled in near mint condition, printed on heavy paper stock.
Lot 327 – Israeli 1-Sheet Poster (1977), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Tom Jung
A rare linen-backed Israeli “Star Wars” (1977) poster, this based on the Tom Jung poster design. This is one of a tiny number (10-15) thought to be left in existence.
25″ x 37 1/2″ (64 x 95 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Linen-backed and rolled with very minor restoration to single horizontal foldline, a few ink marks to outer white rim from original print run but overall excellent condition.
Lot 340 – 1-Sheet “Birthday” Poster (1978), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Unknown Artist
Also known as a Style-E poster, the US 1-Sheet “Birthday” poster was issued in 1978 to American cinemas that were still playing “Star Wars” one year after the film’s original release.
26 3/4″ x 40 5/8″ (68 x 103 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Unrestored, unfolded and rolled in excellent condition.
Lot 365 – Japanese B2 “Starfall” Poster (1983), STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
Artist: Noriyoshi Ohrai
A poster that was printed for sale in cinemas during the first release of “Return Of The Jedi” in Japan but is far rarer than the general release Japanese cinema posters for the film. The Ohrai artwork here is known as “Starfall”.
20 1/4″ x 28 3/4″ (51 x 73 cm)
Condition: Good. Unrestored, unfolded, rolled with slight creasing only.
Lot 318 – US 1-Sheet “Chaykin” Pre-Production Poster (1976), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Howard Chaykin
A pre-production poster sold at the 1976 San Diego Comic Convention to introduce the public to the concept of the mooted “Star Wars” film. This was part of George Lucas’s strategy to entice Universal Studios to back the film (they passed). An interesting example of how aspirant movie-makers sometimes used posters in order to secure production finance (Hammer Studios also routinely did this). Dating from ’76, this represents a genuinely early piece of “Star Wars” memorabilia.
20″ x 29″ (51 x 74 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Unrestored, rolled with a few minor creases, in excellent condition.
Lot 341 – US Commercial Poster (1978), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Bill Selby
An attractive poster design by Bill Selby. Although this poster has been previously documented as the very first Star Wars Fan Club poster, we believe the poster was not distributed by the Fan Club but was sold commercially by Factors instead. This poster is sold with a letter of provenance from the artist which tells a fascinating story about how the artist flew to LA with the original poster artwork to seek approval and how the artwork was nearly crushed en route in an airport mishap. (Sold with a signed letter of provenance by the artist Bill Selby.)
20″ x 28″ (51 x 71 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Unrestored, unfolded, rolled, in near mint condition.
Lot 338 – US Concert Poster (1978), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: John Alvin
From the collection of “Star Wars” producer Gary Kurtz, this is a rare linen-backed “Star Wars” concert poster. Though ostensibly advertising the John Williams “Star Wars” concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Nov 1977, this limited edition poster was created in Spring 1978. The poster features artwork by John Alvin and the artist signed a number of those printed. This poster carries both Alvin’s signature, his distinctive printed name and has been additionally dated “1978”, these annotations are not to the poster itself but to the lower right hand border of the linen-backing. Rare in any condition but this example is near mint.
24 1/2″ x 37″ (62 x 94 cm)
Condition: Excellent. The poster is in superb near mint condition with no discernible faults.
Please note that this poster is currently cellophane wrapped and has been photographed as such.
Lot 321 – Hong Kong Poster (1977), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Tom Chantrell
This linen-backed Hong Kong first release “Star Wars” (1977) poster is based on the Tom Chantrell Style-C US 1-Sheet design. The print run in the Hong Kong territories for the film would have been relatively small and this poster is consequently a scarce “Star Wars” international variant.
21″ x 31″ (53 x 79 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Linen-backed, unfolded and rolled in near mint condition.
Lot 28 – UK Prototype Artwork Poster (2017), STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE (1977)
Artist: Tom Beauvais
A limited edition high quality print (#88/295) of prototype “Star Wars” Quad poster artwork originally completed by the artist Tom Beauvais in 1977. Beauvais was one of two British artists tasked with preparing such concept designs (Chantrell’s prototype eventually selected). Though unused, the Beauvais design gives emphasis to Luke and Leia, satisfying the Gary Kurtz directive that the British poster campaign should focus more on the personalities in “Star Wars” rather than the hardware. The poster print comes hand signed and numbered by the artist Tom Beauvais. (This item comes with a signed COA from the artist.)
30″ x 40″ (76 x 102 cm)
Condition: Excellent. Rolled giclée print, in near mint condition.
Please note this lot is sold without copyright, reproduction rights, licensing agreements or any other type of legal release.
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