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Auction History Result

3t001 STAR WARS TRILOGY 1sh '85 one-time PBS benefit showing at San Francisco's Coronet Theatre!

Date Sold 12/14/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 30" x 41 1/4" [76 x 105 cm]) (Learn More)

Star Wars Trilogy, the 1985 one-time showing ("For the first time in America, The Star Wars Trilogy"; "One Performance Only"; "The [name of specific theater] is proud to present one complete, uncut showing of the Star Wars Trilogy, in 70 Millimeter and Dolby Stereo. Thursday, March 28, at [specific time]. All seats $10"; "This special performance will benefit the Corporation for Public Broadcasting") of the first three Star Wars films that was held on March 28th, 1985. This was a special promotion dreamed up by George Lucas, where only nine theaters showed all three movies on one day only at eight U.S. theaters and one Canadian theater, and naturally, all dedicated Star Wars fans wanted to attend this one day only event, but to do so, they had to go to one of the nine theaters. Lucas had only 2 one-sheets made for each of the nine theaters, so only eighteen posters were created, and each was printed with the specific theater names. These posters were not "printed" like regular movie posters! Because only two of each were needed, each was a photographic blow-up of the image. Because the text of the image had to be changed for each of the nine pairs of blow-ups, the camera setting were apparently slightly changed in between the printing of each pair, so there are slight differences between the nine pairs of posters in regards to border size and image size, and overall measurements (we have now seen four of the nine, but we can't say exactly what they all measure, but there are variances between the four we have auctioned)! THINK OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS! While there may be some Star Wars posters where only a small number are believed to exist (even only one or two), in every other case, there is always the possibility that a lot of other examples could be discovered at any time in the future (because a lot of the posters were originally printed), but in the case of these original posters from this one-day 1985 trilogy re-release, absolutely only 18 were made (2 for each of the nine theaters showing the triple-bill), and every pair of posters for each theater is different, so there are absolutely only TWO of each, and there is NO chance that any more of them could ever surface (and around half of the original 18 are believed to still be in collectors' hands). If any poster were to be called "the Holy Grail" of Star Wars posters, it would have to be this one.
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Important Added Info: Note that this one-sheet measures exactly 30" x 41 1/4" [76 x 105 cm]. It has a wide left and right border and a very thin top and bottom border, but it does not appear to be trimmed, and we think the poster almost certainly was created this size (especially because the poster came directly from the San Francisco theater that showed the movie). Note that this item was consigned to us by a person who worked for Fox in the 1980s. They asked for, and received, a Star Wars triple-bill poster, which had been returned to them by the San Francisco theater that showed the triple-bill, and also a platinum record that was awarded for the sale of 1,000,000 soundtrack albums (we are auctioning the platinum record in a separate auction). This is an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a triple-bill poster and/or a platinum record!

Condition: very good. The poster measures exactly 30" x 41 1/4". It does not appear to be trimmed (see above). The poster has paper loss in the bottom right corner that solely affects the solid black rectangular area at bottom and the solid white border (see our image). However, there are only a very tiny number of scuffs in the solid black areas of the poster (the poster was printed on an unusual special paper stock, which creases and scuffs extremely easily). When the poster was displayed at the theater, it was attached to a wall with three pieces of tape on the back of the top border, and three pieces on the back of the bottom border. Those pieces of tape do not affect the front, but they left yellow staining on the back. When the piece in the top right corner was removed, it took surface paper from the back of the poster, which has caused part of the top right corner of the black area to be "thinner", which is very slightly noticeable from the front. When the piece of tape was removed from the back of the bottom right corner, the person who did it caused the paper loss described above. When the piece was removed from the center of the bottom border, it caused a tiny area of surface paper loss on the back, which caused creases on the front in the "The" of "benefit The Corporation". So except for the paper loss in the bottom right corner, and the "thinner" paper in the top right corner (described above), the poster is in surprisingly nice condition (you can compare it to the previous example we auctioned, which was of a poster from a different theater, but which was printed on the same paper). I don't know if the new owner will choose to leave the poster exactly as it is, or it certainly could be easily restored (with or without backing the poster), but either way, the new owner is going to have a really amazing poster in their collection!
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