A Star Wars poster described as “one of the rarest in history” has sold for £13,000 in aid from Ukraine, exceeding its top estimate.
The artwork was originally produced for the 1977 science fiction epic by renowned American fantasy artists Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, known as the Hildebrandt Brothers.
Depicting Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and branded with its designers’ last name, George Lucas’s original film artwork in the saga was estimated to have sold for between £5,000 and £7,000.
Hammer proceeds will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Humanitarian Appeal which provides aid to those fleeing Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
The Star Wars poster had a limited release and was later withdrawn from circulation and replaced with the more commercial Style C poster featuring the work of illustrator Tom Chantrell.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 the Prop Store auction store, this makes it “one of the rarest Star Wars posters ever.”
A total of over £275,000 was raised at the live cinema poster auction from over 550 lots, at which the rare item was featured.
Stephen Lane, CEO of the Prop Store, said: “We were delighted to be back live in the auction room for our Movie Poster Auction for what was another fantastic auction.
“Bidding was strong both in the floor and with our online bidders from around the world and once again we have produced tremendous results.
“We saw some great prices during the auction, most notably the sale of our rare Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) UK Quad poster by the Hildebrandt brothers, which sold for an incredible £13,000, and all proceeds from the hammer will be donated to DEC’s Ukraine Relief Appeal.
Mark Hochman, Prop Store sign expert, said: “The Prop Store’s first ‘live’ auction of the year turned out to be a truly special event as we welcomed bidders into the room after more than two years of absence, breaking poster sales records in the process.
“Incredible successes have been achieved with our alternative movie posters, autographed memorabilia, Star Wars and James Bond lots, which are always incredibly popular with fans and collectors.
“With so many outstanding results, it’s hard to single out individual successes with the biggest ovation of the night reserved for our charity batch.
“The British quad bike ‘Hildebrandt’ from Star Wars raised an impressive £13,000 for the Ukraine relief effort, and every penny raised went to this worthy cause.”