Angie Mayhew, the wife of the late Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, has spoken out about how an auction of set memorabilia has “broken [her] heart”.
Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, lived with mobility issues in his later life, which meant that when the couple moved out of their house, they were unable to take some treasured belongings with them that were stored in the attic. As such, the items were sold along with the house and so fell into. the possession of the next owner.
When journalist Jon Kay shared an image of scripts, call sheets, and clippings from the original Star Wars trilogy that was all to be sold at auction on Twitter, Peter’s wife Angie shared the tweet, saying that it “breaks my heart to see our belongings auctioned off”.
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. It really breaks my heart to see our belongings auctioned off like this by @angusashworth and @RyedaleAuction1. ~Angie Mayhew https://t.co/9dql4g22Wa
— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) February 8, 2023
Fans were quick to call on the auctioneer to return the items to Angie and the Peter Mayhew Foundation, which has supported charitable efforts since the late actor’s death in 2019.
Since then, members of the Foundation have spoken with representatives of the auction and have confirmed that any updates on getting the items returned to Angie will be shared when possible.
Started our morning on Zoom with @AngusAshworth from @RyedaleAuction1 and communicated our desire that Peter's items be returned to Angie and the Mayhew family. Will keep everyone posted as progress is made – thank you for the continued support! https://t.co/4UTyaW4Mfs
— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@TheWookieeRoars) February 9, 2023
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