Star War’s fans get ready to lose your shit!!! Sotheby’s has joined forces with NIGO® to create their first ever auction made up entirely of rare Star Wars Collectables!
Japanese fashion designer NIGO® returns to Sotheby’s, and this time he’s bringing all his toys with him! The online auction which goes live today, features many of the earliest, rarest and most prized collectibles associated with the film, including more than 600 original action figures, replica Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets, autographed lightsabers, vintage film posters and even a Jabba the Hutt cookie jar!
King of sneakers, music producer and creative entrepreneur NIGO® has spent decades amassing one of the most acclaimed collections of “Star Wars” rarities ever to be put up for sale. All 175 lots come from NIGO®’s own private collection.The designer who launched the hugely successful clothing lines A Bathing Ape (BAPE), Ice Cream, and Billionaire Boys Club (co-founded with Pharrell Williams), has been collecting toys and figurines since the age of six. Among NIGO®’s favourite characters is the enigmatic bounty hunter Boba Fett, instructed by Darth Vader to hunt down Han Solo. The sale features more than 50 variations of the Boba Fett action figure.
“As a designer, I have always been inspired by Star Wars. I am honoured to be launching this sale and hope that it will bring excitement to Star Wars fans around the world. ” – NIGO®
Full of rare, and highly sought after collectables NIGO®’s collection really is ‘Outta this World!’ and sure to rake in some seriously big bucks!! Toys produced only in the most-limited of numbers are up for grabs; such as a Luke Skywalker figurine with double telescoping lightsaber – one of only a handful in mint condition (est. US$12,000–18,000), quickly withdrawn from the market due to the lightsaber snapping off. A set of “Revenge of the Jedi” backing cards (est. US$3,000–5,000) which were produced before George Lucas decided that “revenge” was unsuitable for the film’s title, and removed it, because a true Jedi would never seek revenge! Two complete sets of collectible “Power of the Force” coins, which were only available on special request from the manufacturer Kenner (est. US$25,000–35,000) and the earliest item of “Star Wars” merchandise that Lucas Studios ever licensed: the Early Bird Certificate Display Package (est. US$7,000–9,000).
Star Wars fan’s better hope the force is with them and get bidding while it’s hot because with item’s starting from as low as $100 US NIGO®’s collection is gonna go quick!
The First Auction of “Star Wars” Collectibles at Sotheby’s
LIVE!! Online From 11 December 2015
Words by Tracy Kawalik
Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s