A rare British quad for the first installment of George Lucas' original, genre-defining, sci-fi trilogy, in excellent condition. When the studio realised how successful the first film was going to be, they commissioned Tom Chantrell to create this bold, action packed design for the British campaign. Considered the best poster artwork created for the 1977 film, Chantrell's design has become synonymous with the franchise, also featuring on the Style C US One Sheet. Chantrell often used his family as models for his poster artwork; for this design, his wife posed as Princess Leia in their garden with a plastic sword. Weeks after this poster was issued in the UK, Star Wars was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning 7, and the poster was subsequently reprinted with the Oscar credits. This is the rare pre-Oscar version that is most eagerly sought after by collectors. Other examples of the pre-Oscars quad have previously fetched over £5000 at auction.
Backed on linen. Prior to backing this poster had three horizontal and three vertical machine folds as issued. Backing and spots of light retouching to crossfolds have smoothed and diminished the fold lines. Image and colours excellent - a magnificent example of this sought after poster.