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May The Fourth Be With You: Amid 'Star Wars' Day, museum battle brews

Though Sunday marks 'Star Wars' Day, a George Lucas-sized battle is brewing in San Francisco.
May 4, 2014 11:03:53 AM PDT
May The Fourth Be With You.

Though Sunday marks 'Star Wars' Day, a George Lucas-sized battle is brewing in San Francisco.

Mayor Edwin Lee says he's not about to lose a museum filled with Lucas' art collection and movie memorabilia to Chicago.

Last month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered civic leaders to find a place for Lucas' interactive museum and collection. Since Lucas is married to Chicago businesswoman Mellody Hobson, the city is considered a possible front runner for the display of his lifetime collection.

But now, Lee has directed his staff to come up with a list of possible places to present to the "Star Wars" creator.

"I will not let go easily of such a significant private investment by one of the world's most prominent filmmakers," Lee said.

Raised in Modesto, Lucas has said he doesn't have enough wall space at his 6,000-acre Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, and he intends to invest up to $300 million of his money for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum with another $400 million endowment upon his death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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