Star Wars memorabilia sky rockets at sale by Derbyshire auctioneer

Cabinets packed with items at the Star Wars auction.Cabinets packed with items at the Star Wars auction.
Cabinets packed with items at the Star Wars auction.
Star Wars toys and memorabilia rocketed to success at a special sale by a Derbyshire auctioneers.

More than 150 Star Wars-related lots made a hammer total of nearly £20,000 in Hansons Auctioneers’ January toy auction.

The highest figure paid for a single lot was £1,350 for a boxed Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back tie bomber.

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Other top lots included an original Star Wars cinema poster from 1977, which made £800 and The Empire Strikes Back, Slave I, Boba Fett’s spaceship made £700.


In addition, a collection of 240 transparencies from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back, issued in 1980 by Lucas Films Ltd, was contested to £520.

Hansons’ toy valuer Steve Fulford said: “Hansons’ close proximity to the former Palitoy factory in Coalville, Leicestershire, which used to manufacture Star Wars toys, means we have earned a strong reputation for selling high quality Star Wars collectibles.

“Star Wars has generated thousands of fans all over the world and many of them like to add to their collections.

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“We had one phone bidder who asked for the opportunity to bid on every single lot.

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“Inevitably, many of these finds are made in nearby Leicestershire and it’s wonderful to know that some of these old toys are so sought after.

“If you have any Star Wars items, do get in touch.

“The sale included Star Wars lots from 11 different sellers and included two major collections.

“But we know there are more out there, perhaps forgotten in the loft.”

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Among the most valuable Star Wars items are the R2-D2 lunch box from 1977 – this particular item is notable because it isn’t just a rare piece of Star Wars memorabilia, but also a rare lunchbox. It is worth around £1,900.

A Gamorrean Guard toy from 1985 also makes the list. This Kenner-brand action figure and the special collector’s coin included in the package, have been found going for about £3,800.

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Certain Lego figurines are also worth thousands at auction, including a sterling silver Boba Fett from 2010, the coveted bronze, gold and silver C3P0 figures and a rare Lego George Lucas from 2010.

If you have the LEGO Millenium Falcon from 2007, this is now worth a lot more than you paid for it back then. This was one of the most expensive and biggest Lego sets ever made and is now worth up to £12,000.

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Hansons Auctioneers was launched by Derbyshire-born Charles Hanson in 2005. He is well-known for his appearances on TV shows such as Bargain Hunt and Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Hansons’ headquarters are at the Auction Centre, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire.

A London office launched in January 2018 at The Normansfield Theatre, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington.

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In August 2019 the company opened a country house auction showroom at Bishton Hall, Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire.

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Hansons offers free antique valuations and a wide range of specialist auctions.

Hansons will be offering free monthly antiques, collectables and jewellery valuations at Freeman’s Common Antiques, 8 Counting House Road, Leicester, LE2 7LT, from Tuesday, January 28, from 11am to 2pm.

Other forthcoming dates include March 3 and 31.

To find out more, email [email protected] or call 01283 733988.

For a free toy valuation, email [email protected].

Follow the auctioneers on Twitter @HansonsUK and Facebook: HansonsAuctioneersUK.