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Original Star Wars Storyboards Show Iconic Scenes Before the Big Screen

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Luke wasn't always a Skywalker; the original title of A New Hope was The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the 'Journal of the Whills.' A signed early edition of that script is part of a super cool selection of Star Wars memorabilia up for auction, including storyboard sketches and concept art.

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The films are so familiar now that it's difficult to imagine a time when Landspeeders and AT-ATs only existed as hand-drawn illustrations, ultimately made into movie magic by Industrial Light and Magic; now these artifacts represent a turning point for the visual effects industry, which evolved at lightspeed leading up to and through pre-production and filming of the epic trilogy.

On October 17th, Profiles in History is putting these items up on the block for deep-pocketed sci-fi fans ready to drop anywhere from $600 to $15,000 for a piece of cinematic lore. It's part of the massive Hollywood Auction 65 [PDF]—for the curious, there's lots of other treasures to be found, too. (The boxing gloves Sylvester Stallone wore to bout with Mr. T. in Rocky III? They can be yours.)

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Check out all the cool Star Wars stuff! [Profiles in History; The Guardian via Co.Design]


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A vacuum-formed plastic "test bust" of Han painted in gunmetal grey during post-production was a precursor to the full-body Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back. ($6,000 - $8,000)


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A pencil, ink, and pen sketch of Luke piloting a Landspeeder in A New Hope, drawn by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($3,000 - $5,000)


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Hand-drawn illustration of George Lucas "manning camera" in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($2,000 - $3,000)


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A pencil and ink AT-AT in battle on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. ($1,200 - $1,500)


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Comic artist Howard Chaykin designed the first ever Star Wars poster in 1976, with a logo assist from conceptual design legend Ralph McQuarrie. It was never issued to theaters. ($600 - $800)


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This 144-page script was a fourth draft from 1976, signed by all the major cast and crew. ($10,000 - $15,000!)


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Pen, ink, and pencil storyboards of Cloud City from the Luke and Darth lightsaber duel in The Empire Strikes Back. ($2,000 - $3000)

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These pen, ink, and pencil storyboards by concept artist Joe Johnston show Luke's first trench run attempt (of two) in A New Hope that was later cut in post-production. ($3,000 - $5,000)

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All images from the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 65 catalog

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DISCUSSION

A vacuum-formed plastic "test bust" of Han painted in gunmetal grey during post-production was a precursor to the full-body Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back.

What's the point of painting a test item after principle photography? This is crazy talk.