Mark Hamill, known to millions as Luke Skywalker, said he was shocked last month when he saw an Arizona bookstore said it had found his original “Star Wars” soundtrack, whose sleeve had been inscribed and given to him by the composer John Williams https://t.co/SwSfeskdC0— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) January 15, 2020
- A used book store in Arizona called Bookmans Flagstaff found the album, signed by composer John Williams to Mark Hamill, when a woman sold her late father's Star Wars memoribilia to them in July 2018.
- The inscription said “Dear Mark Hamill, May the Force always be with us”.
- The album was marked as "not for distribution" and the signature was obviously real, so the staff didn't know what to do with it. They put it in an office in the store and it sat there for a year and a half.
- Around Christmas 2019 the album was advertised in the store for sale for $499.50, but the shop owner decided to reach out to Hamill after a few days to see if he'd like it back.
- After sharing the album on Twitter Hamill saw it. He didn't realize he'd been missing it and he knew he'd never sell it, so he's not sure how he lost possession of it.
- Hamill says he hadn't seen the album since the early 90s, but he assummed it was in the basement of his home where he keeps all his vinyl.
- Hamill doesn't keep much of his Star Wars memoribilia. Aside from the album some of the few items he's chosen to keep are his boots from the first film and the stormtrooper costume he wore to rescue Leia.
Over the years in life, things go missing. Meet the staff of @bookmansflag- They found & RETURNED a record signed for me by #JohnWilliams I hadn't seen since the early 90's. I'm so grateful to them & hope you consider spending lots & lots of $ at their store. Many thanks, Mar🐫 pic.twitter.com/OeNel8M36l— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 10, 2020
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