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Collectable Star Wars figures got bidders hot under the collar

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A large collection of Star Wars figures triggered a bidding war at Cuttlestones’ specialist collectors’ sale in Wolverhampton auction house last Friday, with the hammer finally falling at £2,500. Lot 408 contained some 110 figures in total – including examples such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Landro Calrissian, Emperor, Obi-wan Kenobi, Ewoks, Yak Face, Jawas, Yoda, R2-D2 and more, together with various weapons and accessories, a Return of the Jedi figure storage belt and a Yoda bag.

Bidding in the room was particularly ferocious, with three collectors leading the pack and tempers getting frayed as the price continued to soar – however, the winning bid came via the internet from a collector based in the north of England. MD and Head Auctioneer at Cuttlestones, Ben Gamble, says:

“It’s no secret that Star Wars toys can be highly collectable, but the runaway success of this lot did come as something of a surprise – none of the figures were boxed, which usually triggers higher prices, and they were all presented mixed in a pair of shoe boxes. It just goes to show that if you get the right bidders competing for a lot, the sky’s the limit. Needless to say, the vendor is delighted and this is proof that those old Star Wars toys in your loft gathering dust could well be worth bringing in for valuation!”

The figures weren’t the only Star Wars-related items to sell well at the sale; Lot 396, a boxed Palitoy Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Millennium Falcon spaceship, together with a boxed At-At, sold for £200 and Lot 398, a boxed Pailtoy Star Wars Return of the Jedi (Tri-Lingual) Ewok village together with a boxed Rancour monster fetched £100, among several other strong performers in this relatively small section.

And it wasn’t just toys that caused a stir among the bidders in this diverse sale – Lot 31, a cased platinum commemorative 1976 coin by Pobjoy Mint Ltd, marking Concorde’s first passenger flight from London to Bahrain on 21st of January 1976 – one of only 50 produced and with certificate of authenticity – sold for £1,000.

Yet again Cuttlestones’ continued focus and efforts on the antiquarian and collectable books section paid dividends; with Lot 168 – ‘Pharmacopoeia Londinensis' by Nicholas Culpeper, sixth edition, printed by Peter Cole 1659, taking £300 against a £150-250 estimate. Another 15th Century tome, Lot 169 entitled 'A discourse concerning God's Judgments; resolving many weighty questions and cases relating to them' by Simon Ford (published 1678) featuried narratives from sermons preached mainly at Old Swinford in Worcestershire. Containing an interesting local narrative in the form of ‘The annexed NARRATIVE, Concerning the man whose Hands and Legs lately rotted off: In the neighbouring Parish of Kingswinford in Stafford-shire’ also took £300 against the estimate of £80-120. Other highlights included Lot 115 – Captain W.E. Johns ‘Spitfire Parade Biggles at War’ published in 1941 by Oxford University Press fetched £170 despite damage to its dust jacket.

Full sale results, including hammer prices, can be found online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk – to arrange a valuation, call 01785 714905 or email [email protected]

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