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    Brian Sauriol (American , 20th Century)
    Millennium Falcon Cut Away, 1993
    Gouache and acrylic on board
    21 x 34 inches (53.3 x 86.4 cm)
    Signed lower right

    The Millennium Falcon.

    The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

    The ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

    Never was an imaginary object, both prop and set, ever been so legendary as the Millennium Falcon. This mythical space ship has become not only an intracell part of the Star Wars universe as well as the greater science fiction fandom, but a pop culture icon. A character in its own right, "this bucket of bolts" captured imagination and nostalgia across generations.

    Heritage Auctions is thrilled to be offering a commissioned original painting of the Millennium Falcon in our upcoming Illustration Art auction on October 16th, 2020. In 1993, artist Brian Sauriol was commissioned to create four posters for Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Nonpareil Communications, Inc: The Millennium Falcon, X-Wing Fighter, Imperial Star Destroyer, and the Death Star. Unfortunately, none of the posters were ever produced. However, the artist completed one of the commissioned paintings - the Millennium Falcon.

    Lucasfilm provided Sauriol with detailed blueprints of the interior and exterior as well as color swatches, a thorough description, and photographs - all of which will be included with the original painting. The result of this data combined with Sauriol skill is a cut-away image that is exhaustingly detailed. According to Lin Zy, Star Wars artist known for her work on The Clone Wars, "This piece is immaculate! I've never seen a painting this pristine before, it truly is a labor of love for the craft. The accuracy in the detail is jaw-dropping to any fan or collector. The vibrancy of the original work needs to be seen to be believed." From the Dejarik board to the smuggling compartments - all the key details are readily apparent. At first glance, there are a few details that appear to be unique and potentially not canon - for example the rockets towards the front of the ship. Further research into the materials provided by Lucasfilm, the Millennium Falcon weaponry included these concussion missile tubes. According to the artist, this poster was to show the upgrades that happened between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Judging by the large sensor disc, later lost during the battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi where Calrissian did not keep his promise of "not a scratch" - the timing is accurate.

    Secreted away since its creation, this is a unique opportunity for a Star Wars fan to own not only a breath-taking original commissioned painting of the legendary Millennium Falcon, but also a small archive of Star Wars memorabilia.

    "This incredible work of art is one of the most exquisite paintings I've ever seen. The craftmanship is second to none. It also has sentimental value for me, as I got to witness Brian working on this project back when I was a budding student of his. It was Brian's mentorship and seeing this piece come to life that gave me the courage and inspiration to follow my own dreams and pursue a career becoming a Star Wars artist. Hidden in secrecy for almost two decades, this stunning piece has finally emerged from the shadows and in now available to own. Imagine having this one-of-a-kind painting gracing your collection! [...] but don't be surprised if you have to fight me for it!" - Matt Busch, Star Wars artist

    Condition Report*: Board measures 27 x 40 inches; there appears to be no visible condition issues to note. Not framed.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2020
    16th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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