Star Wars Autograph Values - A Complete Guide June 24 2022
Star Wars is an American film franchise, originally created by director and producer George Lucas. The story is set in a distant galaxy, where the ultimate battle between good and evil is being fought.
The Star Wars autograph universe can be described as something of a modern space fairy tale, as a mysterious power called ‘the Force’ plays a vital role in the storylines. The franchise currently consists of three different film trilogies and several spin-off films.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Natalie Portman as Princess Padme
A so-called Expanded Universe also exists, consisting of among other things, books, comics, games and television series. The franchise is most defined by three film trilogies, which were not made in chronological story order. Each trilogy follows a new generation of the Skywalker family, who are inextricably linked to the Force.
The prequel trilogy marks the beginning of the Skywalker saga, the original trilogy was made during the 1970s by George Lucas, and the sequel trilogy are the last films in the saga, up until now at least. There are also a few anthology films that are set in the Star Wars universe, but are not a part of the before mentioned trilogies.
The Star Wars saga has a huge fan following, and a lot of items related to the universe are being collected, among them autographs by actors who star in the films. In this article we are going to take a look at the top ten favorite Star Wars characters, and the value of the autographs by actors that portrayed them.
1. DARTH VADER
Darth Vader is the main antagonist of the original trilogy of films and the main protagonist of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, under his real name Anakin Skywalker.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] David Prowse Signed Photo as Darth Vader in Star Wars
A limited edition Darth Vader helmet signed by David Prowse, who portrayed the character in the original trilogy, sold for $900 in 2017. An 8 x 10 photo of Darth Vader, signed by Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones, who voiced the character in the original trilogy, sold for $795. A Hasbro 12-inch action figure of Darth Vader in its original box signed by Jones also sold for $795.
2. LUKE SKYWALKER
Luke Skywalker is the main protagonist of the original film trilogy and was playedby Mark Hamill. One of the highest selling autographs that we could find for this character is a Luke Skywalker Poster signed by Hamill. Milestone Auctions based out of Willoughby, Ohio sold this poster by Howard Chaykin for the incredible amount of $2,736.
A Star Wars lobby card featuring both Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia signed by Hamill sold for $656. And a signed picture by Hamill from The Empire Strikes Back sold for $541.
3. HAN SOLO
Han Solo was a notorious smuggler and an outstanding pilot of Corellia. He flies the Millennium Falcon ship together with his co-pilot Chewbacca. He has been portrayed by both Harrison Ford and Alden Ehrenreich. An early signed 8 x 10 black and white close-up photo of Harrison Ford as Han Solo sold for as much as $1,553 in 2021.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Harrison Ford & Peter Mayhew as Han Solo & Chewbacca
Ford had signed the picture "Best wishes, Harrison Ford”. Also in 2021 a color satin-finish 14 x 11 picture of Han Solo riding a tauntaun (a fictional species of snow lizard) in The Empire Strikes Back sold for $875. And in 2018 a black and white glossy 8 x 10 signed photo of Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars sold for $648.
Yoda is one of the most famous and powerful Jedi Masters in the history of the Star Wars universe. He is brought to life on screen as both a puppet and Computer-Generated Imagery in various installments in the saga, with the main puppeteer being Frank Oz.
In 2021 a color satin-finish 11 x 14 photo of Yoda signed by Oz sold for the amount of $1,059, while another signed picture in the same size sold for $831. In 2019 a black and white autographed 8 x 10 production still showing Frank Oz working with the puppet sold for $230.
5. OBI-WAN KENOBI
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a human male Jedi Master who serves on the Jedi High Council during the final years of the Republic Era. The character is portrayed by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness. In October of 2021 a signed color 10 x 8 photo of Guinness as Kenobi in Star Wars sold for $1,754.
A few months later a black and white in gold autographed Glossy 8 x 10 photo of Guinness as Kenobi in Star Wars sold for the amount of $1,191. And in 2018 Hake’s Auctions, one of the first American auction houses, sold an autographed black and white 8 x 10 publicity still of Guinness as Kenobi for the amount of $519.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Soundtrack album record of the Star Wars saga, created by American composer John Williams (b.1932)
6. PRINCESS LEIA
Princess Leia is the princess of the planet Alderaan and a member of the Imperial Senate, as well as an agent of the Rebel Alliance. The role was portrayed by American actress Carrie Fisher. In April of 2021 an autographed color 8 x 10-inch photo.
A publicity still of Fisher as Princess Leia sold for $1,126. During the summer of that year a color satin-finish 8 x 10 close-up photo of Fisher as Princess Leia, autographed in blue, sold for $875. And back in 2012 Heritage Auctions based out of Dallas, Texas sold a black and white 8 x 10 picture autographed photo of Fisher as the character for $191.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] American actress Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia - a beautiful autograph
R2-D2, arguably the most well-known character of the Star Wars saga, is an R2 series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton with masculine programming. In the original trilogy he was portrayed by Kenny Baker, and in later films mostly by radio controlled props or CGI.
In 2020 a color glossy 10 x 8 photo of the popular droid signed in black by Baker sold for $330. That same year another 8 × 10 color photo of the robot autographed by Baker sold for $120. And in 2017 Heritage Auctions sold a signed 8 x 10 color picture of the droid together with Baker for $65.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Kenny Baker & Anthony Daniels Signed photo in Star Wars as R2-D2 and C-3PO
Chewbacca is a Wookiee male warrior, smuggler, mechanic, pilot, and resistance fighter who fought in several wars. He hails from the planet Kashyyyk. In the films he is portrayed by Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo. In March of 2020 Hake’s Auctions sold a still boxed action figure of Chewbacca from Kenner's 1983 Return Of The Jedi toy line and autographed by Mayhew for $549.
A year earlier a 8 x 10 black and white, and 10 x 8 color picture of the popular character, both autographed by Mayhew, sold for $250 apiece.
9. DARTH MAUL
Darth Maul is a Force-sensitive Dathomirian Zabrak male who established himself as a crime lord during the reign of the Galactic Empire. He is portrayed by Ray Park.
In 2018 Lettieri Auction & Appraisal based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania, sold an autographed matted and framed photograph of Ray Park as Maul for $43. And in 2010 website Emovieposter sold an autographed color 8 x 10 reproduction still of Park as the character for $37.
C-3PO is a 3PO-series protocol droid designed to interact with organics, programmed primarily for etiquette and protocol. He was portrayed by Anthony Daniels. Back in 2017 Milestone Auctions, located in Willoughby, Ohio, sold a lithograph by Michael David Ward and autographed by Daniels for $230. And in 2015 website Emovieposter sold a autographed color 8 x 10 reproduction still of Daniels for $73.
As you can see these autographed items are in high demand, and Star Wars autograph values sometimes reach astronomical numbers. And as one would expect the more popular characters autographs tend to be more expensive.
Some items autographed by multiple cast members went for even higher prices then we just covered, but for the sake of this article we focused solely on single characters and autographs.
[CLICKABLE IMAGE] Nigerian-born British actor John Boyega as Finn in "The Force Awakens" (2015) - a Star Wars sequel trilogy
If you are looking to add a Star Wars character autograph to your collection please be advised that some sellers tend to ask ridiculous high prices, so always keep in mind those are asking prices and not necessarily the amount it will sell for. Also be wary of eBay, because there are a lot of cheap fakes and copies on there.
So if you’re buying from that platform make double sure the item you are buying is authentic.
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