A remarkable private collection of vintage Star Wars action figures could bring more than $700,000 at auction in the UK next month.
The collection has been described as the best to ever come up for public auction, and is expected to realise a ?�500,000 ($727,750) when it crosses the block at Vectis Auctioneers on July 19-20.
Leading the collection is a Boba Fett figure - one of the few prototype examples to feature a firing rocket, which were only given to a handful of toy company employees.
When the figure hit the shops, all the firing rockets had been glued in place, to prevent a choking hazard for children. Less than a dozen complete examples of the prototype are known to exist, and this example is expected to sell for ?�15,000 - ?�20,000 ($21,800 - $36,380).
"This collection is one of the best in the world and the Boba Fett toy is one of the rarest Star Wars figures," valuer Kathy Taylor told the Teeside Gazette.
"The collector sent me an email and when we read through the list it was quite amazing to see what he had. We sent him a valuation and he came back to us and said yes please, so we went across to Europe to get it ourselves."
In recent months Vectis has set several new world record prices for rare vintage Star Wars figures.
Most notably, a mint-condition Boba Fett figure still in its original British Palitoy packaging sold for ?�18,000 ($26,200) in January 2015, setting a new record for any Star Wars toy.
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