7th October 2017 sees the beginning of the personal property auction of items belonging to the late Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
The costliest item in the auction is an original Norman Rockwell painting of Benjamin Franklin, listed at between $1.5 to $2 million dollars.
Of particular interest to Star Wars focused fans are Carrie’s personal on-set script for The Empire Strikes Back, which starts bidding at $30,000. An amazing piece, it is just one of a large number of Star Wars-related pieces in the auction.
1291. Carrie Fisher “Princess Leia” personal hand-annotated shooting script from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. (TCF, 1980) This is Carrie Fisher’s heavily annotated on set shooting script from The Empire Strikes Back – the second chapter of the original trilogy and most critically-acclaimed film in the entire Star Wars franchise. The studio bound and bradded script is 158 pages (as paginated), with revisions dating from 10/24/78 to 2/7/79 and virtually every page stamped with red security code “501”. Missing front and back covers and first two pages (no “Leia” dialog missing), beginning on page 2A. Ending at page 158, the last four pages are missing (when compared to March 20, 1979 revision), but the last page present in this script represents the last spoken dialogue by Princess Leia. Of particular note, every page with “Leia” dialogue is annotated by Fisher in pencil with subtext, the underlying message being conveyed. Her analysis and resulting notes provided direction on how she should deliver her dialogue to the greatest effect. Serving as an example, among Fisher’s notes on pages 6 through 8, during the heated exchange between Han and Leia as she urges him to stay with the rebellion: “Let’s clear up this thing right now”… “don’t physicalize or raise voice”… “God how you disappoint me”… “why don’t I understand what you’re saying”… “I don’t mind that you’re not bright. The cause is bigger than one person”… “Aren’t you men amazing”… “I hope we will meet again and I also hope that by then you will have grown up a little”… “I am so disappointed in you I can’t even speak on it”… “Enjoy your trip”. The script contains over 1,000 words in Fisher’s hand. Exhibits handling with dog-eared corners. The importance of this script cannot be overstated. It remains the finest science fiction shooting script one could ever hope to obtain. $30,000 – $50,000
Take some time to go through the auction listings, as not all pieces are priced in the thousands and if you would care to own a small piece of Carrie’s life, Star Wars related or not, then there are items within most people’s reach.