Boba Fett Star Wars action figure brings record £18,000
A highly rare Star Wars Boba Fett action figure has sold for a remarkable £18,000 at auction.
Produced by toy company Palitoy in 1980 to tie in with the release of The Empire Strikes Back, the 3 ¾-inch bounty hunter had originally retailed for around £1.50. It was acquired in 1990 by collector Craig Stevens, former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club, who paid £50 for the figure still sealed in its original packaging.
"I was one of the children who queued up to see Star Wars when it was first released in 1977 and it had a tremendous effect on me," Stevens told the BBC. "I began collecting everything that I could get my hands on connected to Star Wars and I have kept going right up to the present day."
The Boba Fett figure was amongst 70 mint, unopened figures from Stevens' collection up for sale at Vectis Auctioneers, a Teeside company specialising in rare and vintage toys.
"We do get a lot of toys here which make big money, but this is the first Star Wars collection that we have ever had that is of this calibre," commented valuer Kathy Taylor.
Believed to be one of just five examples remaining in almost perfect condition, the figure was offered with an estimate of £10,000-£15,000 but eventually sold to an internet bidder for a final price of £18,000 (including buyer's premium).
Vectis believes this to be the highest price ever paid for a production Star Wars figure at auction.
Having remained in his possession for 25 years, Croydon-based collector Stevens decided the time was right to sell to sell the figures. "You think to yourself, 'I'm in a [rented] flat and I have got a box of figures worth as much as a house. There's no contest, really." Together, the 70 rare vintage figures brought a combined total of £41,796.
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