George Lucas museum cliffhanger: LA or San Francisco?

For nearly a decade, George Lucas has been trying to build a museum for his personal art collection.

After several false starts, the film-maker will finally decide in January whether to locate his museum in San Francisco or Los Angeles.

The prize is big, and both cities want it badly.

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JJ Abrams and George Lucas (Ian West PA Archive/PA Images)

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, as it will be called, promises hundreds of jobs, a high-profile cultural attraction — and it’s essentially free.

The Star Wars creator is financing the project himself. He plans to spend more than 1 billion dollars (£813 million) to build the museum, endow it and provide a trove of initial artworks valued at some 400 million dollars (£325 million).

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said Los Angeles is “the natural home” for George’s museum. A San Francisco official said he thinks Lucas’s heart is in the Bay Area.

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