The auction house hoped for a price of at least 26,000 francs, it obtained more than 2.7 million. The storyboard of a never-released film benefited from the success of a current release.

The worksheets are signed by a comic book star, the Frenchman Moebius (alias Jean Giraud), and by the Swiss illustrator H. R. Giger, who will then create the creature from the movie “Alien”.


The working document (“storyboard” in cinema jargon) by Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky for his accursed adaptation project of “Dune” was awarded on Monday for 2.66 million euros including costs (2 , 78 million francs), well beyond the estimate, at Christie’s in Paris.

A mythical object for science fiction enthusiasts, this large book dating from the mid-1970s was only estimated between 25,000 and 35,000 euros (between 26,150 and 36,650 francs) by the auction house. at auction. “The estimate had to take into account the reality of the market, which we discover totally upset by the current theatrical success of” Dune “, Canadian Denis Villeneuve”, observed the auction house.

The auctions quickly took off and ultimately gave rise to a tough battle between two foreign bidders over the phone. The winning bidder is American.

Moebius, H. R. Giger

In the form of drawings, the storyboard brings together the plans of what should have been the film never made, for lack of funding. Alain Delon, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali were expected in the main roles. These worksheets are signed by a comic book star, the Frenchman Moebius (alias Jean Giraud, died in 2012) and by the Swiss illustrator H. R. Giger (deceased in 2014), who will then create the creature of the film “Alien” (1979).

Both were to provide the artistic direction of this titanic project and their storyboard was intended to “arouse the interest of major American production houses,” according to Christie’s. “We are aware of a few other copies: one was auctioned off a few years ago, another is in Jodorowksy’s possession and a third is partially reproduced online,” the auction house said. “It is difficult to assess the total draw. We can assume that between ten and twenty copies were produced. “

An influence on “Star Wars”

A figure of the counter-culture today in the nineties, author of the experimental and psychedelic films “El Topo” (1970) and “The sacred mountain” (1973), Jodorowsky had seen very big for “Dune”. He expected between ten and fifteen hours of film. According to film specialists, the ideas in gestation for Jodorowsky’s “Dune” have influenced major films like “Star Wars” (1977) or “Blade Runner” (1982).

The first book in a cult science fiction cycle written by the American Frank Herbert, in 1965, “Dune” returned to the spotlight this year, thanks to the film that Denis Villeneuve made, after the version of David Lynch in 1984.


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