I bought this on eBay about 7 years ago. It has been sealed since then. I just opened it now to take pics for boxes.
The guy I purchased it from claimed to be associated with ILM. He had lots of photos of him in the studios with other known employees. I have no reason not to believe that this statue is anything other than what he claimed it to be. He claimed it was an internal ILM Studios wrap gift for Episode III. If anyone has any info on this item to confirm or even refute this, I would love to hear from you.
This is all I could find about it on the internet today...
RARE "INTERNAL ILM GIFT" CHEWBACCA BUST MAQUETTE
FROM THE PRODUCTION OF STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH
This statue is any Star Wars or Chewbacca collector's dream!
A once in a lifetime opportunity to get an internal only ILM Chewie crew gift statue
by Richard Miller of Industrial Light & Magic .
The attention to detail is stunning and the rawness of the impressions left by Miller's sculpting tools adds a layer to this statue that most are unable to capture.
The sculpture was coated bronze by ILM and is mounted to a marble base..
The Chewbacca statue was given to the ILM special effects crew for Episode III by Lucas.
Carved Signature "ILM R MILLER" on the lower back.
The statue weighs 5 lbs. It stands 9" tall and 5" wide at the shoulders. It will be an immediate pinnacle to any Star Wars or Chewbacca collection.