This is an ultra rare poster, that has quite a story behind it! In 2009, a Japanese collector discovered two examples of this poster. He sent one to eMoviePoster.com to auction, where it sold for $1,827, and the other was sold privately to Kevin Doyle, one of the world's foremost Star Wars collectors at that time. At the time we auctioned the first example, we said that it could be a "bootleg" poster, or possibly a "test" poster, and since it was discovered in Japan, it seemed quite possible it was an "international" style. The poster features Roger Kastel's original art for this poster, but after he drew it, the studio decided it was "too busy", and they removed several of the elements from the poster (Lando, Boba Fett, Cloud City, and the ion cannon). So this poster was clearly produced BEFORE that decision was made, so how then could it be explained? The poster that eMoviePoster.com auctioned was purchased by legendary Star Wars collector Steve Sansweet, and he believes that it is absolutely an advance test poster made prior to the decision to alter the image (he knows that it is of such high quality that it surely was made from the original, and since the artwork no longer exists, it could not have been made at a later time). This would make this the most important, most rare, and most valuable Empire Strikes Back poster there is. It predates the regular one-sheet, and only two examples have surfaced, and since it has been six years since that happened, there is no reason to think any others will surface. But since the other example of this poster is surely in Steve Sansweet's collection to stay, this only other known example, is surely going to be centerpiece of its new owner's collection, and unless that person chooses to sell it at a later time, it is likely that there will not be another chance to acquire this poster in our lifetimes! This poster comes to us as one of the final three posters from the Kevin Doyle Collection (we previously auctioned most of his incredible Star Wars posters in a special "Star Wars only" auction).