Rare Star Wars Marler Hayley poster set being auctioned at Ewbank’s

Entertainment, Memorabilia and Vintage Poster Auction March 2nd - 3rd

Marler Haley Star Wars PosterA rare and highly sought-after set of cinema posters promoting the 1977 film ‘Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope’ is being put under the hammer by leading Surrey auction house Ewbank’s, with a presale guide price of between £3,000 and £5,000.


The five limited-edition posters were produced exclusively for Odeon Cinemas by printing company Marler Haley, and are one of the rarest Star Wars poster sets in existence today. The set comprises four double crown posters (20 by 30 inches) and a larger quad (30 by 40 inches) featuring Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia as the main image.


Alastair McCrea, partner at Ewbank’s, said: “We are expecting huge interest from the UK and overseas for these posters from Star Wars fans, as well as fans of Carrie Fisher who sadly passed away just a few weeks ago.”


The Star Wars posters are among many vintage posters which have been consigned for sale as part of Ewbank’s larger “Entertainment, Memorabilia and Vintage Poster” sale taking place on 3 March.

James Bond Drives Aston


Other posters of interest include one promoting the 1965 James Bond film ‘Thunderball’ in conjunction with Aston Martin. The poster, originally displayed in Aston Martin dealerships, depicts Sean Connery as 007 with an Aston Martin DB5 and the tagline ‘Bond Drives an Aston… Naturally’. It has been valued at between £800 and £1,200. It was consigned for sale by an official Aston Martin family-owned dealership and has been in their possession since issue in the 1960s.


A collection of four World War II propaganda posters by H.M. Bateman which were issued by the Ministry of Fuel and Power have been valued at between £800 and £1,200. A poster promoting an Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1971 carries an estimate of between £150 and £250.


A signed  oil-on-canvas painting of a train by the renowned travel poster artist Leslie Carr has been valued at £300 and £500.


Other highlights from the memorabilia section of the sale, include a collection of 39 original theatrical costume designs from the 1940s and 1950s by A.P. Rayson, in watercolour and gouache, which have been valued at between £800 and £1,200. Most are signed with details of the production they were linked to. 


An autograph book, including a rare signature by Marilyn Monroe Miller with annotation above 'Sent from Englefield Green during her stay in England for filming with Sir Laurence Olivier, other sgntures in the book are Richard Todd, Norman Rossington, Joan Dowling, Screaming Lord Sutch, Wanda Hendrix, Burt Lancaster, Diana Dors & many others. The vendors mother was Joyce who many of the signatures were dedicated to. Joyce lived in Esher & had a brother in law who worked as a cameraman on films. The book has been valued conservatively at £400-600.


Alongside the memorabilia and vintage posters is an extraordinary single-owner collection of more than 250 guitars and other instruments also going under the hammer in an unreserved auction on 2 March 2. Costume designs auction


The collection has been consigned from a private collector and comprises professional drum kits, amps, violins, keyboards, alongside the immense guitar collection, and has been priced to sell with a total estimate of £5,000 - £10,000.


One of the most interesting guitars within the collection is expected to be an Epiphone Gibson Les Paul electric guitar which comes in a hard case, and carries a pre-sale estimate of between £200 and £400. Other guitars of note include an Acepro double neck electric guitar valued at between £150 and £250; and a Gretsch G3100 acoustic guitar with case which has a pre-sale guide price of £80 to £120.


Viewing for the sale will be available in the week prior and live internet bidding through www.theauctionroom.com and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available giving on line buyers the opportunity to participate in sales at no extra cost, and giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.


Ewbank’s are also hosting an online only timed auction to help raise funds for the lead singer of the Southampton based band The Delays, Greg Gilbert, who has been battling cancer. As reported in the national news Greg's family and supporters have been raising funds for treatment unavailable on the NHS. Music artists and friends of the band have donated items including a full profession drum kit used by the band Franz Ferdinand, items signed by Coldplay including a platinum disc, and a recording studio session with an engineer at a top London recording studio worth £750. Ewbank’s are waiving their vendors commission for the timed sale which run for a month from 9 February.Memorabilia Auctions


If you have items to consign for sale for this or any future auction, please get in touch with Ewbank’s and we can advise you on the process. Call us on 01483 223 101 or email valuations@ewbankauctions.co.uk









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