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The force was strong in one bidder when they paid a record-breaking £7,000 for a Star Wars collectable.
Lot 1035, an original 1980 Palitoy Empire Strikes Back medical droid, was originally valued at £50 to £70.
But as the bids started rolling in yesterday at Vectis Auctions, Thornaby, it sold to an unnamed bidder for £7,000 – a world record for the model at 100 times the asking price.
Vectis Auctions spokeswoman Louise Harker said: “When we first received the items we didn’t expect them to do as well as they did.
“The Star Wars items made up the the first 50 lots and it just went through the roof.
“The room was pretty full, a couple of people were bidding it out against each other, the same person bought quite a few of the big lots.”
Original Star Wars toys have been known to fetch high prices and a number of factors can push the price higher still.
Louise said: “We are seeing that the TV and film related items, such as Star Wars are becoming increasingly popular.
“The condition of the lots is a key factor in gaining prices such as these, the unpunched card, the condition of the card itself, the bubble which the figure is contained within and of course the all-important factory seal.
“This figure is not one I’ve ever heard of, sometimes all it takes is for two collectors to be missing one figure from their collection to push up the value.”
An Empire Strikes Back Imperial Commander figure at the same auction also broke a world record for its model when it fetched £3,000 while a Darth Vader action figure sold for £2,520.
The sale of the items left one person in particular with an unlikely windfall.
Louise said: “I have spoken to the vendor who was extremely shocked.” “These items all came from the same collection, the vendor had no preconceptions about what they would fetch and was delighted with the pre-sale estimates given.
“He was pleasantly surprised by the final price realised for his items.”