Star Wars-themed Sotheby’s sale fetches $500,000 through online auction on Friday. More than 600 items sold in sale organized by Sotheby’s and eBay found new owners whose excitement reaches a fever pitch before release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. All the items in the auction came from the private collection of Japanese designer and creative entrepreneur Nigo, who started collecting toys and figures decades ago at just six years old.
The most expensive lot was a pristine, unopened packet of seven action figures from The Empire Strikes Back which fetched $32,500 – three times the estimate.
Two complete sets of “Power of the Force” coins, which were available only by special request from the manufacturer Kenner, sold for $27,500.
A Luke Skywalker doll, which hit the market in 1978 as a children’s toy, sold for $25,000, above its upper estimate of $18,000. Also never removed from the packaging, it is one of only 20 confirmed examples of the doll, Sotheby’s said.
The figurine, with a rare two-piece telescoping lightsaber, was quickly withdrawn from the market “due to the propensity for the lightsaber to snap off,” Sotheby’s said. There was also a strong market in helmets. A replica of a Star Wars: A New Hope Stormtrooper from 2007 fetched $8,125, the auction house said.