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A piece of cinematic history was auctioned off in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, as Harrison Ford's Star Wars script found a new owner for a price surpassing its pre-sale

estimate of £8,000.

The script, belonging to the actor during his stay at a flat on Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill, in 1976, was part of Ford's accommodations while filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire.

According to the owners of the Notting Hill flat, Ford, in his time there, developed a close relationship with them, even attending their son's first birthday party and contributing to their garden with plant purchases. Described as an "excellent tenant" known for his tidiness, Ford's former landlords decided to part with the script and other memorabilia.

The auctioned script, penned by George Lucas, represents the fourth draft of the iconic film, originally titled The Adventures Of Luke Starkiller. Notably, it introduces Ford's character, the iconic Han Solo, on page 56. The script, incomplete and unbound, showcases revisions with differing-colored pages and includes scenes and characters not featured in the final cut.

Alongside the script, other items left behind by Ford in the flat were also auctioned. These included a letter from his agent, Patricia McQueeney, discussing his contracts and future film prospects, which fetched £177.80. Additionally, a film shooting schedule, featuring handwritten notes presumably pertaining to Ford's interactions with film producer Robert Watts, sold for £4,826.

Jonathan Torode of Excalibur Auctions expressed enthusiasm for the global interest in these "never-before-seen pieces of Star Wars history," noting their unique personal provenance. He expressed hope that the new owners would treasure these items as much as their previous custodians did. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, Wikimedia commons.