Reduced 99p Star Wars toy set to sell for 1,000 times more at auction

A Star Wars toy picked up for the bargain price of 99p at Tesco in the 1980s could sell for up to £1,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.

The Return of the Jedi plastic Yak Face figure, still in its original packaging, is emblazoned with its retail price of £1.59 – but a 99p Tesco price label has been stuck over the top.

The 39-year-old toy, manufactured by Palitoy in 1983, is set to go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire on April 20 with a guide price of £800-£1,000 due to its rarity.

It’s part of a wider collection of Star Wars figures gathered over the last 20 years by a major fan of the film trilogy.

He is auctioning off 37 toys which together could sell for up to £20,000.

A figure of Anakin Skywalker has the biggest auction estimate – £3,000-£5,000, made in 1984.

David Wilson-Turner, head of toys at Hansons, said: “In almost 10 years of working at Hansons selling multiple Star Wars items, these are two figures I have never come across before.

“The Jedi Yak Face with its original 99p price sticker is also fairly rare, hence the guide price. It’s amazing to think a Star Wars toy on sale for less than £1 in 1983 is now potentially worth 1,000 times its original price tag.”

The collection will be sold on April 20.

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In similar news, a life-size model of Star Wars character Boba Fett valued at £12,000 is being auctioned as part of actor Jeremy Bulloch’s incredible memorabilia collection.

Jeremy played the bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi.

The sale at East Bristol Auctions follows his death aged 75 after suffering from Parkinson’s, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity to fight the disease.

His widow Maureen said: “During the 20 or so years that Jeremy attended conventions, he acquired a large collection of memorabilia.

“We, as his family, would now like to offer some of this memorabilia for fans to enjoy. May the Force be with you.”

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