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Star Wars figure sells for more than £10,000 at Thornaby auction house
ONE of the rarest vintage Star Wars figures ever to come on the market has been sold for £10,200 to a North American collector.
The figure, which is believed to be one of only six in the world in pristine conditions, was made in Palitoy in Coalville, Leicester, 35 years ago.
The figure is rare because it has a vinyl cape – almost unheard of – and is packaged and mounted on unpunched card.
Kathy Taylor, valuer at Vectis, said the figure was the “Holy Grail” for Star Wars memorabilia collectors.
She said: “This is probably the rarest figure that there is in the Star Wars world, as far as we are aware there is only six that are known of in the world.
“I have worked here for 13 years and this is the most interest that I have ever had in one of our sales. With everyone using social media these days we are able to interact with people around the world.”
The sale did not set a world record as another Jawa figure was sold for £11,300 on eBay earlier this year but Mrs Taylor doesn’t believe that the figure will be back on the market any time soon.
She said: “We're not going to see it up for auction again. With only six known in the world, the collector isn't going to part with it in a hurry.”
Anyone interested in going into their parents loft to look for Star Wars figures from their youth and are lucky to find a Darth Vader with a Telescoping Lightsaber from 1978; a Rocket Firing Boba Fett from 1980; a Yak Face from 1985; or a Blue Snaggletooth from 1978, could be sitting on a small fortune.
Along with the Jawa figure, these are some of the most valuable figures that avid collectors are looking for and change hands for thousands of pounds.
The characters were once sold for 99p in newsagents.
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