Star Wars figure bought for £1.59 expected to sell for £1,500 at auction

Miniature Star Wars toy figures snapped up for just £1.59 are set to sell for over £1,500 at auction this week.

The eyes of collectors from around the world will be locked on the sci fi memorabilia going under the hammer in Newcastle on Wednesday and Thursday.

Up for sale is one Star Wars character figurine out of its original packaging and one still in it, both dating back to the 1970s and 80s, ChronicleLive reports.

The collection which belonged to a man from Sussex also includes 80 carded figures which Anderson and Garland auctioneers director Fred Wyrley-Birch describes as the "holy grail" of collectors items.

Fred expects one figure of Yak Face from around 1983 could sell for as much as £1,500 at the collectors' sale.

Fred said: "Yak Face is one of the last figures that they did and he's a rarity.

"There's two in this sale, one out of the packaging and he's estimated at about £100, and you have one in the original packaging and that's got a price label of £1.59 on it and its starting price is £1,000 and it's likely to be worth about £1,200 if not more."

The collection was previously owned by a collector in Sussex and includes an original Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) and a Return of the Jedi Han Solo carded figure.

A variety of additional items such as posters and vehicles from the films have been sent in from people living locally.

This includes a boxed figure of Chewbacca which is signed by the late Peter Mayhew, who played the Wookiee warrior between 1977 and 2015.

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Fred said: "Star Wars always gets quite a bit of interest. It's iconic.

"When Disney took on the franchise everyone was a bit sceptical about what Disney was going to do with it but they've managed to create a whole new wave of collectors in the new movies.

"You've got new generations interested in Star Wars."

He added: "There's been a good bit of interest all over the world, as there always is.

"There's been interest in America, Japan, where's there's a big collectors market for this sort of stuff, and Britain too."

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As part of the sale, Anderson and Garland is also launching a new Antique Costume and Textiles department.

This sale includes beautiful Victorian dresses, as well as glamorous flapper dresses.

This department is headed up by Georgina Norman, who interned at Christies before helping establish Laidlaws in Carlisle.

The Star Wars auction will begin at around midday on Wednesday and bids can be placed online, in person or via telephone.

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