Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Lot # 308: Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction - Yoda Drawing For Radio Drama Poster Illustration by Ralph McQuarrie

Stock #133626

This lot will be auctioned on Tuesday, June 29th. The auction will begin at 9:00am PDT and lots are sold sequentially via live auctioneer; tune in to the live streaming broadcast on auction day to follow the pace. Note other lots in the auction may close on June 30th or July 1st.

A Yoda drawing for an illustration by Ralph McQuarrie that was utilized on a promotional poster for the Radio Drama of Irvin Kershner's Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. McQuarrie was a key designer on the original Star Wars film as well as the sequel, and created concepts for many characters in the film including Yoda. He was also well known for his production illustrations which were used as concept pieces as well as for marketing and commercial products purposes. The illustrations McQuarrie created specifically as marketing pieces were frequently based on photos from already-completed live-action photography, and this drawing was likely done from such reference photos.

McQuarrie's Yoda on Dagobah illustration was most notably used for The Empire Strikes Back Radio Drama poster (circa early 1983), but was also used on the cover of The Jedi Master's Quizbook (November 1982) and as a decal for the Star Wars Fan Club circa early 1981.

The highly-detailed drawing was flopped for the final illustration. It is a prepatory drawing for the painting and is rendered in graphite on tissue paper, with tape present in the corners.

is rendered in graphite on tissue paper affixed with tape in the corners. McQuarrie's process frequently began with a drawing on vellum that he could later re-trace onto an illustration board to begin a painting. The illustration is in good overall condition with some tears and edge wear from hanging and age. The artwork's relation to the well-known Radio Drama poster makes it a standout piece amongst the artist's amazing body of work. Dimensions: 12.5" x 10.5" (31.75 cm x 26.76 cm)

Sold without copyright; see notice in the Buyer's Guide.

Estimate: $18,000 - 22,000

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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