Rare Star Wars Boba Fett toy fetches £26,040 at auction


A rare Star Wars toy has caused a disturbance in the Force after it sold for just over £26,000 as part of a huge private collection that went under the hammer.

The Boba Fett figure, from the late 1970s, is still sealed in its original box and is one of around 700 items from the seller.

Before the sale a different rocket firing prototype Boba Fett toy had been expected to fetch the most, but was beaten after coming in at £18,600.

One of a collection of rare Star Wars toys (Vectis Auctions/Press Association Images)

The entire lot is expected to bring in around half a million pounds.

Kathy Taylor, a valuer at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Teesside, said there had been interest from all over the world in the build up to the auction.

"There's been terrific interest, emails and constant condition reports from all corners of the globe. With the internet we can send photos and tell people what condition the toys are in so they can bid with confidence," she said.

The collection was put together by a French fan of the films who has previously loaned some of his beloved items to a museum but has now decided to sell.

One of a collection of rare Star Wars toys (Vectis Auctions/Press Association Images)

It includes many rare items, including unlicensed bootleg Star Wars toys made in Turkey and Hungary.

Describing the seller, Ms Taylor said: "He's a private collector, the whole family collects. When he was four years old, his mum started to buy him Star Wars toys because he was quite shy and he had a real fixation on Ewoks and Boba Fett, which is reflected in this collection that we have here."

The two-day sale at the toy specialist auction house includes a huge range of items, including some more obscure items like a Jabba the Hutt cookie jar.