THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980
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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980

Estimate: 16,000 - 24,000 GBP

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980

Estimate: 16,000 - 24,000 GBP

Current Bid:13,000GBP
(2 bids, reserve not met)

Lot Details

Description

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BRITISH ROYAL CHARITY WORLD PREMIERE POSTER, RALPH MCQUARRIE, 1980


This exceptionally rare British Royal Charity World Premiere poster was designed by Ralph McQuarrie and features a version of his Vader in Flames artwork. The Charity World Premiere took place in London on the 20th May 1980. This date was very close to the original Empire Day, which was first held in 1902, on Queen Victoria's birthday the 24th May, and became an annual event from 1916 until it changed in 1958. The marketing department took full advantage of the film's release date, which fell close to the original Empire Day. An army of Stormtroopers in jeeps and on foot took to the streets of London, holding placards of this poster in order to build up the crowds already heightened excitement for the release of this film. This is one of the rarest pieces of marketing material known to exist on The Empire Strikes Back.


30 x 20 in. (76.3 x 50.8 cm) (unframed)

36½x 26⅛in. (92.7 x 66.2 cm) (framed)


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Condition Report

Linen-backed and conservation framed with UV plexiglass. Near mint condition, with the colours remaining very bright.


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