‘Star Wars’ Script Left Behind by Harrison Ford Just Sold for a Crazy Amount of Money

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope Harrison Ford, 1977
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A draft of a Star Wars script that got left behind just sold at Excaliber Auction house for $13,600. Harrison Ford reportedly left behind the script in a London home he rented in the 1970s. The papers found in the home were the fourth draft of the screenplay of 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. While it was incomplete, it did include several memorable scenes including Chewbacca’s introduction in the tavern.

While the draft includes several parts of the movie, it also included some scenes and characters that were eventually cut, making it a huge draw for Star Wars fans. The script was dated March 15, 1976. The auction also sold some of Ford’s schedules and a letter from his agent.

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope Harrison Ford, 1977 Peter Mayhew

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This wasn’t the first piece of Star Wars memorabilia that was recently found in Britain. A couple found some artifacts that once belonged to Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, in their attic, including an original script, call sheets, and shooting schedules. The couple was going to put the items up for auction, but Mayhew’s widow objected to the sale.

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, 1977

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Excalibur Auctions’ auctioneer Jonathan Torode shared about the script sale, “The sale saw competitive bidding from around the globe for these never-before-seen pieces of ‘Star Wars’ history. Although other copies of this script have come to market previously, this sale saw a new record set for a Star Walker script, which shows how a personal link to the items is so enticing to ‘Star Wars’ fans. The personal provenance makes them totally unique. We hope they will be as treasured by their new owners as much as they were by the previous ones.”

Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope rear: Darth Vader, foreground, from left: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, C-3PO, R2-D2, poster art, 1977

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The script had been tucked away in the home for almost 50 years before being uncovered. Reportedly, while Ford lived there, his Star Wars co-stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill would often visit him. What an incredible piece of history!

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