A British couple can be thankful for their lucky stars. A neighbor left them in a garage a pile of garbage bags that contained a real treasure in toys of Star Wars worth £ 400,000 (446.917 euros).
The couple, who live in Stourbridge, in the center of England, did not really know what to do with this number of dolls and spaceships that their neighbor had collected over the years. according to the newspaper The Times on Friday. It was his son who had the idea of calling an auction house to calculate the value of those junk, among which there were pieces that were still in the original boxes.
“Some were slightly damp due to the way they were stored, but this is the most beautiful collection of objects in the world. Star Wars I’ve ever seen, “Aston’s Auctionneers expert Chris Aston told the British newspaper.” We have received expressions of interest from all over the world and we were sure that the sale would be a success, “he added.
Among the items for sale was a commander of Star Destroyer, one of the ships of the Galactic Empire fleet, one of only two known specimens in its original packaging, which sold for 32,500 pounds (36.297 euros). A figurine of a Java, the little hooded beings with bright eyes, in their original packaging, which is one of the 10 known specimens, found a buyer for 27,280 pounds (30.472 euros).
Regarding the group of eight figurines inspired by the movie Return of the Jedi which cost the collector less than two dollars in the early 1980s, sold for 1,400 pounds (1.563 euros).
Objects such as the Storm Trooper helmet, the fantasies of the Empire, the eye of the little robot R2D2 that has participated in all nine films of one of the most famous cinematic sagas in the world, attract collectors willing to pay anything to acquire a piece of this universe.
A Luke Skywalker figurine, which was marketed as a children’s toy in 1978, was sold in 2015 at an auction organized by Sotheby’s and eBay for $ 25,000 (21,121 euros at the current exchange rate).
According to Aston, the couple was “delighted” with their luck: “I don’t know if they had an idea in their head, but they must have the same feeling as if they had won the lottery.”