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2d359 RETURN OF THE JEDI British quad 1983 Lucas' classic, different art by Kirby including Ewok!

Date Sold 12/15/2019
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded British Quad Movie Poster (BQ; Quad Crown; measures 30" x 40" [76 x 102 cm]) (Learn More)

Return of the Jedi (now known as "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi"), the classic 1983 Richard Marquand outer space science fiction (sci-fi) action adventure epic sequel ("Return to a galaxy far, far away!"; "The Saga Continues"; "The movie everyone's been waiting for!"; written and produced by George Lucas) starring Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (as Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia), Billy Dee Williams (as Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels ("as C-3PO"), David Prowse (as the man in the Darth Vader suit!), Kenny Baker (as R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (as Chewbacca), Frank Oz (as the voice of Yoda in this movie!), James Earl Jones (as the voice of Darth Vader), and Alec Guinness (as Obi-Wan Kenobi)
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Artist: Josh Kirby
Important Added Info: Note that there are two versions of the original theatrical British Quad which feature art by Josh Kirby, and contain the same main elements (Han, Luke, Leia, Vader, etc). The more common "action style" features an exploding sandskiff, Boba Fett firing his weapon, Imperial Guards, and more. This less common "Ewok style" is missing those elements but features an Ewok below Han Solo. We have heard that the "Ewok style" was not considered exciting enough, and Kirby added the other elements at the request of the studio. To make things more complicated, both of these styles have variants with and without tiny white borders, which changes the size of the poster slightly (from 30x40 to around 31x41). Finally, there is also a 27x40 variant of the "action style" that was created in that size for use in the London Underground.

This auction is one of 520 auctions in's special "all-Star Wars" auction! Where did this remarkable selection come from? It all started when we were contacted by a VERY long time collector of Star Wars posters, who told us he wanted to sell his entire collector, and we started with his 296 (which included many of the most rare and desirable ones) and we then asked our other 2,500+ consignors if they had any other Star Wars posters (or related items) that we did not already have, and the result is this amazing collection of 520 auctions, and every item will have a new owner once the auctions end, because all truly have no reserve. If one tried to duplicate this collection, it would surely take MANY years to do so!

The item(s) in THIS specific auction you are viewing right now came from the longtime collector who first consigned to this auction. Here are a few words directly from him about his collection:

"It has been a true labor of love for me to collect Star Wars movie posters/paper over the past 38 years. When I saw the movie for the first time it captured my imagination like no other and started a fascination that will last the rest of my life. I certainly enjoyed playing with the original toys, but only wanted to collect original movie posters because of my general love of movies.

Looking back, it has been a sweet ride. Growing up in the north Midwest, I didn't have great access to such collectables, which was part of the challenge. I started exploring what older movie theaters would have for sale, sometimes getting lucky enough to find something really nice. Before the internet, I remember searching both local and national newspaper classifieds, and movie warehouse catalogues for poster sales. I was self-taught with researching all the different styles and sizes available, so whenever I would come across a new poster it was very exciting.

I frequented hobby stores for advice on collecting and what other resources were available. When I found the Kilian checklist poster, I of course had to try and acquire the complete list. Two other great references I used were the Butterflied & Butterfield Star Wars Reference Collection and The Star Wars Poster Book, both of which opened my eyes to the selection of unique sizes and foreign posters available. Through the years the foreign posters were often much harder to find so I gained more satisfaction whenever I acquired one of those.

I have thoroughly enjoyed researching, collecting, and reminiscing with these posters over the past several decades and am now ready to pass them on for others to enjoy. I hope they fill in many frustrating gaps in other collections!"

Condition: good to very good. The poster was never folded. It has a few tiny pinholes in each corner and there is some very slight discoloration at upper left, but it is not very noticeable due to the colors used in that area (see our image). It is otherwise in pretty nice condition and it displays pretty well from a reasonable viewing distance.
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