Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew’s Wife Speaks Out Against His ‘Star Wars’ Scripts and More Being Auctioned: ‘It Breaks My Heart’
'Angie Mayhew, the wife of the late “Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, is speaking out against an upcoming auction in which Peter’s “Star Wars” memorabilia will be sold. Ryedale Auctioneers is selling “Star Wars” scripts, call-sheets and more that were discovered in Peter Mayhew’s attic after his death. Peter starred as Chewbacca in George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy. Angie took to Twitter to say the auction “really breaks [her] heart.”
“When we moved out of this house, Peter’s movement challenges made it impossible for him to get into the attic to get the rest of these memories,” Angie wrote. “It really breaks my heart to see our belongings auctioned off like this by [auction house founder] Angus Ashworth and Ryedale Auctioneers.”
“It was one of Peter’s and my biggest regrets that we had to leave these items behind,” Angie added. “His knees and joints had gotten to be so painful that he was no longer able to go into the attic to get them.”’
and in some good news from the day after:
Peter Mayhew’s Star Wars collection returned to his widow by auctioneer
'In a statement to the PA news agency, Mr Ashworth confirmed he was returning the items to the Mayhew family, after speaking to them directly, and apologised to the Star Wars fans who had expressed an interest in buying them.
He said: “I was approached by a lovely older couple who were clearing their attic a quarter of a century after moving into their property.
“The contents of the attic included a bag of Star Wars memorabilia, which I thought might be of some interest to Star Wars fans.
“This wasn’t unusual, film memorabilia comes up for auction all the time and there was some subsequent press interest.
“The first I knew that the Peter Mayhew Foundation wanted to acquire it was following a tweet which garnered a lot of misinformed responses.
“Nobody had approached us to discuss it and had they done so I would of course have talked to the vendors.
“The monetary value of the lot is fairly modest, but knowing how much it means to the foundation, and given that it had been in the attic for over 24 years, the vendors are quite happy to donate it to the foundation to have permanently within their personal collection, not for profit, so that fans can access it in perpetuity.
“I can only apologise to all of the Star Wars fans who had already shown great interest in owning a bit of film history.”’