The poster is so rare that the artist is unknown, which also makes the piece difficult to place an estimate on. It comes from the collection of a former employee at Lonsdale Advertising, the firm responsible for promoting the film when it debuted in 1985.

''Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?'' Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, 1985 Image via My Daily News ''Wait a minute. Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?''
Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, 1985
Image via My Daily News

The poster never made a full print run as Drew Struzman's design became the final version. Struzman is best known for being the creative genius behind such iconic film posters for franchises including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter.

nr002373-6_1 Rare Back to the Future poster

back-to-the-future-drew-struzan-poster-397x600 Drew Struzman's poster design
Image via Collider

In the poster on sale at Ewbank's, a freefalling Marty, played by Michael J. Fox, in full colour bursts through the poster, with his parents played by Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson in the background, portrayed in a black and white 1950s world, with only the bonnet of the DeLorean visible. The tagline to the poster reads: 'Marty's parents were destined to meet in 1955. Until Marty dropped in from the future.'

Struzman chose to show Marty looking at his watch as he steps out of the DeLorean alongside the tagline 'He was never in time for his classes ... He wasn't in time for his dinner ... Then one day ... he wasn't in time at all.'

The rare poster has an estimate of £200-400, however, with the recent surge in movie memorabilia in the auction market, it could well fetch more.

Star Wars continues to be popular in the sale room as well as on the silver screen. Ewbank's sale includes a limited edition promotional leather jacket given to attendees of a worldwide conference in 1995 at Skywalker Ranch, California, by George Lucas and 20th Century Fox for the relaunch of the first three movies.

The jacket is embroidered with an 'X wing Fighter' on the back & 'Rogue Squadron' on the arm, with labels for 20th Century Fox and on the pocket and an embroidered label dated April 20 1995. Only around 150 of the jackets were made.

Ewbank's sale will take place on 11th-12th February, 2016. Check all lots here.

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