Luke wasn't always a Skywalker: the original title of A New Hope was The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the 'Journal of the Whills'. A signed early-edition of that script is part of a cool selection of Star Wars memorabilia up for auction, including storyboard sketches and concept art.
The films are so familiar now that it's difficult to imagine a time when Landspeeders and AT-ATs only existed as hand-drawn illustrations, ultimately made into movie magic by George Lucas's production company Industrial Light and Magic; now these artefacts represent a turning point for the visual-effects industry, which evolved at lightspeed leading up to and through pre-production and filming of the epic trilogy.
On October 17th, Profiles in History is putting these items up on the auctioneer's block for deep-pocketed sci-fi fans ready to drop anywhere from $600 (£370) to $15,000 (£9,255) for a piece of cinematic lore. It's part of the massive Hollywood Auction 65 [PDF] — for the curious, there's lots of other treasures to be found, too. (The boxing gloves Sylvester Stallone wore to bout with Mr. T. in Rocky III? Totally up for grabs.)
A vacuum-formed plastic "test bust" of Han painted in gunmetal grey during post-production was a precursor to the full-body Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back. ($6,000 - $8,000 / £3,700 - £4,935)
A pencil, ink, and pen sketch of Luke piloting a Landspeeder in A New Hope, drawn by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($3,000 - $5,000 / £1,851 - £3,085)
Hand-drawn illustration of George Lucas directing a scene from The Empire Strikes Back by concept artist Joe Johnston. ($2,000 - $3,000 / £1,234 - £1,851)
A pencil and ink AT-AT in battle on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. ($1,200 - $1,500 / £740 - £925)
Comic artist Howard Chaykin designed the first ever Star Wars poster in 1976, with a logo assist from conceptual design legend Ralph McQuarrie. ($600 - $800 / £370 - £493)
This 144-page script was a fourth draft from 1977, signed by all the major cast and crew. ($10,000 - $15,000 / £6,190 - £9,255)
Pen, ink, and pencil storyboards of Cloud City from the Luke and Darth lightsaber duel in Return of the Jedi. ($2,000 - $3000 / £1,234 - £1,851)
These pen, ink, and pencil storyboards by concept artist Joe Johnston show Luke's first trench run attempt (of two) in A New Hope that was later cut in post-production. ($3,000 - $5,000 / £1,851 - £3,085)