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Sotheby's to auction off Japanese collector's 'Star Wars' hoard

Reuters

The Sotheby’s auction house said Tuesday it will hold its first sale of “Star Wars” memorabilia, which was amassed by a Japanese collector, the clothing designer and entrepreneur who goes by the name Nigo.

The auction is being held in the run-up to the release of the latest film in the series, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in December.

On Dec. 11 Sotheby’s will auction off some 600 action figures, replica Darth Vader helmets, autographed light sabers, vintage film posters and a Jabba the Hutt cookie jar.

The items are valued from $100 to $35,000 — the highest valuation being for two sets of “Power of the Force” coins, mounted together, that were only available on special request from the U.S. toy manufacturer Kenner, Sotheby’s said.

“From the moment ‘Star Wars’ first hit the cinemas in May 1977, it has grown to become an unparalleled cultural phenomenon, inspiring collectors from across the globe,” Sotheby’s said in a press release announcing the auction, which will be held online.