Long known as the premier place to purchase fine wines, art and jewelry, the Sotheby's Star Wars auction is the first of its kind, but fittingly features a number of extremely rare items. Among the lots are a Luke Skywalker figurine with a double-telescoping lightsaber, which was deemed a choking hazard and removed from shelves (estimated to sell between $12,000 to $18,000); a tri-logo action figure of General Madine ($10,000 to $15,000); and a 1985 Star Wars Power of the Force coin set ($25,000 and $35,000).
The items — which are available to peruse on the Sotheby's site — come from the collection of Japanese designer Tomoaki Nago, known as Nigo, who founded the streetwear label, A Bathing Ape. On the Sotheby's site, Nigo noted the immense influence Star Wars has had on his work, but he's long been a fan and collector of toys and figurines. Last year, Sotheby's sold more than 250 pieces from his collection for $4.5 million, more than double the original pre-sale estimate.
While action figures (still in their original packaging, of course) make up a good chunk of the auction, Nigo's Star Wars collection also boasts unique items like replica props. A Boba Fett helmet signed by Jeremy Bulloch is expected to sell for between $800 to $1,200, while lightsaber replicas signed by Mace Windu, a.k.a. Samuel L. Jackson, and the two Darth Vaders themselves — voice James Earl Jones and the man behind the mask, David Prowse — could fetch between $1,000 to $2,000.
Also available: A 42-inch plush Chewbacca ($3,000 to $5,000), and several lots filled with character trading cards that read, Revenge of the Jedi, the film's original title. George Lucas ultimately changed it to Return of the Jedi after deciding a real Jedi would never seek revenge