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‘Star Wars’ costumes sketchbooks seen fetching large sums at auction

LONDON (Reuters) – A sketchbook revealing early costume designs for Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and different “Star Wars” characters is predicted to promote for greater than 100,000 kilos ($130,000) at auction in London subsequent week.

The coloured pencil sketches, drawn by Oscar-winning costume designer John Mollo between 1975 and 1976, intently resemble the ultimate designs used within the unique 1977 sci-fi movie “Star Wars: A New Hope” by director George Lucas that kicked off profitable film and tv franchises.

“It is very rare to see anything (like this) come up at auction,” Katherine Schofield from Bonhams auction home instructed Reuters at a preview on Thursday.

“To have something of this magnitude, of this scale, from the estate of somebody who worked on the film and was so important to the film that he won an Academy Award for it, is really exciting.”

Props and costumes from the multi-billion greenback “Star Wars” film franchise often show common at auction. A whole R2-D2 droid used within the 1977 film bought for $2.76 million final yr.

The sketchbook is one among 4 that Mollo’s household are placing up for auction on Tuesday following his loss of life final yr.

Another that includes his designs for the “Star Wars” sequel “The Empire Strikes Back” and likewise together with drawings for movies “Alien” and “Zulu Dawn” is predicted to fetch greater than 80,000 kilos.

The two different books that includes designs for his different works, together with “Gandhi”, for which he gained a second Academy Award, are anticipated to fetch round 20,000 kilos every.

Writing by Patrick Johnston; enhancing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian

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