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Couple finds Star Wars toys in trash and sells them for $ 500,000

Star Wars collectibles sell for huge amounts of money. Photo: imdb


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 Star Wars toys worth £ 400,000 (more than Half a million dollars).

The couple, who live in Stourbridge in central England, I didn’t really know what to do with this many dolls and of spaceships that his neighbor had collected over the years, according to The Times newspaper this Friday.

It was his son who had the idea of call an auction house to estimate the value of those trinkets, 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 Star Wars items I have ever seen. We have received expressions of interest from all over the world and we were sure that the sale would be a success, “Aston’s Auctionneers expert Chris Aston told the British newspaper.

Among the items for sale was a Star Destroyer commander, 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 (more than $ 42,000).

A figurine of Jawa, the little hooded beings with bright eyes, in their original packaging – one of only 10 known specimens – found a buyer for 27,280 pounds (more than $ 35,000).

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.

Objects such as the Storm Trooper helmet, the fantasies of the Empire, the eye of the little robot R2D2 that has participated in the nine films of one of the most famous cinematic sagas in the world, attract collectors willing to pay whatever 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 at $ 25,000 (more than 21,000 euros).

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 lthe same feeling as if they had won the lottery“.

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