Advertisement

Harrison Ford's Star Wars script goes to auction

Harrison Ford as Hans Solo on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
The script is a fourth draft of the first Star Wars film

A Star Wars film script left by Harrison Ford in a west London flat has been put up for sale.

The fourth draft of the first Star Wars film, originally titled The Adventures Of Luke Starkiller, will go up for auction next month.

It is estimated to make between £8,000 and 12,000.

It is incomplete and unbound, with differing-coloured pages indicating revisions - and includes scenes and characters cut from the final edit.

The script was left at a flat on Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, which Ford rented in 1976.

He was filming the now titled, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which was made in Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, and needed somewhere to stay close by.

Ford developed a relationship with the owners, who lived on the bottom floors, and they are now selling the script along with several other items.

The family said Ford was "an excellent tenant, very tidy".

"He was an ideal tenant. It really was a fun time," they added.

They also recalled that Ford bought new plants for their garden, and attended their son's first birthday party.

Excalibur Auctions' auctioneer Jonathan Torode said people had to understand that Star Wars had not been released yet and no-one had a "clue how big it was going to be".

The George Lucas script introduces Ford as the cynical hero Han Solo on page 56, according to Excalibur Auctions.

The auction also includes a call sheet for the Death Star hallway to core shaft scene, which features Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

On the back there appears to be a reference to a meeting involving Star Wars producer Robert Watts at Browns Hotel, Dover Street.

British producer Watts and Ford would later work on the Indiana Jones franchise together.

An estimate of £800 to £1,200 has been put on the shooting schedules and notes about parties and telephone numbers.

Mr Torode said: "The touching backstory to these items adds even more appeal for avid Star Wars fans and we anticipate huge interest from around the globe."

The script will be sold along with other items on 17 February.


Listen to the best of BBC Radio London on Sounds and follow BBC London on Facebook, X and Instagram. Send your story ideas to hello.bbclondon@bbc.co.uk