Sotheby's to sell NIGO's Star Wars toy collection

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2015-11-17 11:28:37

As Star Wars fans prepare themselves for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sotheby's is gearing up for its very own special event – an auction of rare Star Wars collectibles.

The highly rare action figures, toys, replica props and posters come direct from the personal collection of renowned Japanese designer NIGO, founder of clothing labels A Bathing Ape (BAPE), Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club.

"As a designer, I have always been inspired by Star Wars," said NIGO. "I am honoured to be launching this sale and hope that it will bring excitement to Star Wars fans around the world."

The designer previously collaborated with Sotheby's in 2014, selling numerous items from his collection in the NIGO® Only Lives Twice auction, in which every lot sold for a total of $4.5 million.

Now he is set to offer more rare collectible items, in a sale timed to coincide with the release of the long-awaited Star Wars sequel.

The most valuable lot on offer is a set of collectible 'Power of the Force' coins, which were only available directly from Kenner in 1985. The display actually contains two complete sets of the coins, custom-framed so that the obverse and reverse of each coin can be seen, and is expected to sell for $25,000-$35,000.

Amongst the rarest figures in the collection are a Luke Skywalker figure with a double telescoping lightsaber, one of just 20 examples known to exist (est. $12,000-$18,000); a General Madine figure with a tri-logo card, one of only 12 known examples (est. $10,000-$15,000); and an incredibly rare seven figure multipack sold exclusively through Canadian Sears stores in 1980 (est. $8,000-$12,000).

The collection also includes dozens of replica prop Stormtrooper helmets, blasters and almost every variation of lightsaber, including a Count Dooku Lightsaber signed by Sir Christopher Lee; rare vintage plush toys, including an original 1978 cuddly Chewbacca; and rare posters, such as a highly sought-after Polish one-sheet poster for Star Wars: A New Hope.

The online Sotheby's auction takes place on December 11.

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