'Star Wars' Memorabilia Sells Out at Sotheby's Before New Film

  • Online auction tallied $502,203 as all 175 items sold
  • Group of action figures including Han Solo fetched $32,500

All 175 pieces of “Star Wars” memorabilia were sold at Sotheby’s online auction on Friday, one week before the release of the latest version of the epic film series.

The “Return of the NIGO” sale coincides with a marketing juggernaut leading up to the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Dec. 18. The auction tallied $502,203, surpassing its high presale target of $368,700.

Darth Vader helmet

Source: Sotheby’s

Estimates for items on sale at New York-based Sotheby’s started as low as $100 and many exceeded their targets. The top lot was a group of 7 mini action figures from “The Empire Strikes Back” from 1980 that included Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. It sold for $32,500, and had been estimated at as much as $12,000.

A 2006 Darth Vader helmet fetched $4,375, above the high estimate of $1,200. A 2004 Anakin Skywalker lightsaber, estimated at $500 to $700, fetched $1,188. A 2002 Luke Skywalker lightsaber fetched $3,500.

The auction was culled from the collection of the Japanese fashion designer known as NIGO. The sale also included more than 600 original action figures, vintage movie posters and a Chewbacca cookie jar.

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