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1976 George Lucas PERSONALLY OWNED and LEGIBLY HAND-SIGNED STAR WARS GLORY BOOK For Sale
1976 George Lucas PERSONALLY OWNED and LEGIBLY HAND-SIGNED STAR WARS GLORY BOOK:
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1976 PRE-RELEASE ITEM!!
1-OF-A-KIND EARLY Star Wars HISTORY!
AMAZING PRE-RELEASE lineage & FULLY RECORDED PROVENANCE!
Up for sale is simply one of the greatest Star Wars items to ever hit the open market: An original 1976 STAR WARS Pre-Release GLORY BOOK with AMAZING lineage and provenance - INCLUDING - the fact that this was PERSONALLY OWNED BY George Lucas & HAND-SIGNED (PERFECTLY & LEGIBLY) by the CREATOR HIMSELF - back in 1976 no less!!
Lucas assembled this aesthetically and historically significant 21-page
portfolio of ultra high-quality production stills and gave it to his on-set
still photographer, John Jay, back in July of 1976. This was shortly after the
principle live-action filming of Star Wars was finally completed. Back then,
Lucas and the film were experiencing a plethora of problems, all of which had
profoundly threatened the completion of the production. After negotiating through
more than anyone's fair share of trials and tribulations, Lucas returned to the
United States with the movie footage in his hands at last. He was so relieved
and thankful to get through all of the overseas mishaps that when he finally
did return to the US he created this memento as a "thank you" gift to
John Jay for his hard work on the film.
forward to 2007: For the 30th anniversary on Star Wars, the quintessential book
accounting the entire history of George Lucas' signature creation was released.
It meticulously chronicles every step in the journey on how he was able to put
together his now legendary epic masterpiece. The book entitled, "THE
MAKING OF STAR WARS: The Definitive Story Behind The Original Film, Based On
The Lost Interviews From The Official Lucasfilm Archives" was written by
New York Times best-selling author J. W. Rinzler. At the beginning of
chapter 10, on page 218 Rinzler writes:
shattered Lucas made a couple of stops before returning to California: Mobile,
Alabama, to visit Spielberg on his set; and New York City to say hello to Brian
De Palma. Lucas had assembled booklets of black-and-white production stills,
on-set photography of Star Wars, which he gave to his friends, including
film critic Jay Crocks."
This is one of those books!! Besides
the obvious, what makes this particular book so wonderful is that it was gifted
to John Jay, the original photographer who actually took all of
the photos contained within it, and so it's THE ARTIST'S
PERSONAL PORTFOLIO! The book is also HAND signed by George Lucas and
Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz to Jay personally. Most appropriately,
and, very thoughtfully, the book was signed on the last page, which is the
backside of the production still of George Lucas directing the finale of the movie.
THE GEORGE LUCAS SIGNATURE IS AMAZING!!
an autograph collector, then you know - It's nearly impossible to find a
legible signature on Lucas. Almost 100% of all his autographs are what you'd
have to describe as a mere "dismissive" squirrelly squiggle. This one
certainly is not. It's actually as nice as it gets - VERY clear, legible,
and easy to read. It's perhaps the single nicest authentic
signature to ever be sold on Lucas. George really took his time with this one.
He was signing it to a respected colleague who was also a friend, and so it
mattered! This is an amazing item to own. Again, this particular book, given to
John Jay, is arguably the best of all the Glory Books.
That's because it's also the artist's portfolio - which makes it
a double whammy!
Jay's more than fantastic work comprises the entire contents of this and ALL
the other books that Lucas gifted out. The book consists of 21
photographs of extraordinary high quality and clarity. These are NOT studio
dupes distributed for publicity purposes; these are actual prints off the
camera negatives bound in a volume. They're NOT lithographs. Additionally, as
you can see from the photo, this portfolio has the ORIGINAL working title on
the cover, "The Star Wars," along with the now famous
Ralph McQuarrie pre-production art of Luke Skywalker directly above it. Also
chronicled on the same page  of Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars,"is
an important clarification as to when the film's title changed. It mentions
that it wasn't until on or about the same time as these books that"Lucas
had dropped The from the title, at which point it became Star Wars"
- Another goldennugget of information which
coincidespoignantlywith this portfolio, making it
evenjuicier. Notice on its final page (back of still 21),
rightabove George Lucas' signature - TheThe in Star Wars has
quite the historic and early "Star Wars" memento. Actually, this
might be the earliest Star Wars memento that was specifically designed to
be a memento, if that makes sense. I think it did to Lucas when he gifted it
out. Clearly, this book belongs in a museum or archive. Which brings me to the
other important part of the recorded history and lineage of this particular
item: This portfolio was, in fact, and, indeed, in the possession of a
prestigious archive. It came from the Motion Picture & Television Photo
Archive in Van Nuys, CA. How do I know this? Simple. This item was acquired
in a live sale held in California by the well-known sale house
Butterfield & Butterfield. The sale was held back in early 2001. That's
when Butterfields was briefly owned by the Internet cyber giant . I have
email correspondence in regards to this particular purchase, all with the
sale # and the specific item #, and, the most important information -the
consignment history - as explained by Butterfields' own Katie Peters. She
Butterfields consignor of the Star Wars Album was the Motion Picture &
Television Photo Archive in Van Nuys, CA. It was formerly given to the Archive
by John Jay (The back cover of the album contains a white 2-1/2 x 1 inch
sticker reading: All photographs contained in this portfolio are by John Jay.
These images are not to be reproduced in any manner without the express written
consent of Lucasfilm LTD. All rights reserved.) It was originally a gift given
to John Jay by George Lucas and Gary Kurtz in appreciation for his work on Star
Wars. Only a handful of these exclusive albums were made."
The above printed-out email correspondence will
be included with this book along with other pages regarding the 2001 sale
purchase. This is as important and as rare as any piece of movie memorabilia
If you're looking for an investment/museum quality item, look no further.
George Lucas ....creator
Buying thisGlory Bookis ECONOMY PROOF!Why waste your money in the stock market? It can crash regardless of anydecision you make and can even crash regardless of any decision made by the company related to the stock -Leaving you with a near worthless piece of paper that won't inspire anyone! With the purchase of an historic documentsuch asthisStar WarsGlory Book, it doesn't matter what happens to the economy, you'll still have the book, which can be displayed and enjoyed. The magnificence of art and historic documents have an inherent value that relates to civilization and society. Unless civilization itself crashes then this piece will hold its value, and, if civilization itself crashes- Who'll care about money? This is definitelyECONOMY PROOF!
Gary Kurtz .... producer
John Williams....original Music
Mark Hamill .... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford .... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher .... Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing .... Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness .... Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
David Prowse .... Darth Vader
James Earl Jones .... Darth Vader (voice)
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