George Lucas wants to build art museum in SF's Presidio

Getty Images File PhotoStar Wars creator George Lucas has expressed interest in building an art museum in San Francisco for his personal collection.

Getty Images File PhotoStar Wars creator George Lucas has expressed interest in building an art museum in San Francisco for his personal collection.

San Francisco has its share of art museums, and now there is another person eying opening one here: George Lucas.

The “Star Wars” creator said during an interview with CBS News that he is looking to open a museum in San Francisco for his personal art collection.

Lucas, who says he at one time wanted to be an illustrator, said he started collecting with comic book art, and then worked his way up. He reportedly now owns thousands of pieces of art, including pieces by Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and N.C. Wyeth.

CBS News reporter Bill Whitaker ends the interview taking with Lucas at Crissy Field, which is part of the Presidio. It is unclear if Lucas, who recently sold his Lucasfilm to Disney, meant he was proposing to build the art museum in the Presidio. Representatives for the Presidio Trust, which oversee the location, were not immediately available for comment.

The former military base does feature the Walt Disney Family Museum, but attempts by Gap founder Donald Fisher to open a private art museum there were rebuffed. His art collection was eventually donated to SFMoMA.

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