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Did You Know... what is the most rare (and most valuable) Star Wars related poster there is?

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Added: 11/09/2015

One of our members saw our announcement about our special "Star Wars" section of our December Major Auction, and they asked us "What is the most rare (and most valuable) Star Wars related poster there is?"

Of course, with movie posters, there were normally thousands created, so the rarity question is usually "What is the poster where the fewest examples survive?" But in the case of ONE incredibly special Star Wars related poster, that is not the case!

What is it? In 1985, master promoter George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, dreamed up a special promotion where nine theaters only showed all three movies on one day only! Lucas had exactly TWO one-sheets made for each for the nine theaters, so only eighteen posters were created, and each was printed with the specific theater names, and there were slight differences between the nine posters in regards to border size and measurements (we have only seen three of the nine, so we can't say for certain exactly what they all look like, because they are THAT rare!).

While there may be a few other Star Wars posters where only a tiny number are believed to exist, there is always the possibility that other examples could be discovered at any time in the future, but in the case of the original posters from this one-day 1985 trilogy re-release, only 18 were made, and there is no chance that any more of them could ever surface (and less than half of the original 18 are believed to still be in collectors' hands).

If a poster were to be called "the Holy Grail" of Star Wars posters, it would have to be this one. Note that there is a "bootleg" of this poster, but it has many significant differences, and no one who saw an image of any of the "real" posters could possibly be fooled by it.

We have auctioned two of the 18 known examples of this poster in the past, and the one in better condition auctioned for $20,500, and one in lesser condition auctioned for $12,703. Now, in our special "Star Wars" section of our December Major Auction, we have a third example, and this one is extra-special, because eight of the theaters were in the U.S. and ONE was in Canada, and this poster is one of the two created for that Canadian theater! See an image of it in our "preview" of our special "Star Wars" section.

There ARE other very rare and desirable Star Wars posters, of course! We have auctioned most of them, and you can view a gallery of all 10,000+ Star Wars items we have auctioned (arranged from highest priced to lowest priced) at this link:

And here are images that link directly to the highest priced example of five of the very best Star Wars posters we have auctioned in the past:

9h001 STAR WARS TRILOGY 1sh '85 one-time showing, the Holy Grail of Star Wars poster collecting! 7r017 STAR WARS linen rare birthday style 1sh '78 wonderful image of toy figurines on cake! 3j037 STAR WARS British quad '77 George Lucas classic, great art by Greg & Tim Hildebrandt! 7r032 EMPIRE STRIKES BACK linen white title advance 1sh '80 Vader, only white title example known! 9h002 STAR WARS special 20x29 '76 1st edition, poster 1, art by Howard Chaykin!

Finally, note that there are two other VERY special Star Wars posters which are not shown above, because we have not auctioned them yet, but they WILL be in our special "Star Wars" section of our December Major Auction!

One is the Star Wars "Concert" poster (see it in our "preview" of our special "Star Wars" section). The other is one of TWO examples currently known of an Unfolded International One-Sheet from The Empire Strikes Back. When we first auctioned the other known example of this poster in 2009, there was speculation that it might be a "bootleg" (unauthorized) poster, and it still auctioned for $1,827. Now, new information has to come to light that says it is almost surely NOT a bootleg, and we are auctioning the other known example (full details about this will be on the auction for this poster)!

And now YOU know what is the most rare Star Wars related poster, and why!

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