A super-fan is auctioning his Star Wars collection, which is estimated to be worth £100,000, in the hope of buying a house.
The collection includes around 75 toys that are going under the hammer at Vectis Auctions in Stockholm at the end of the month. There are too many pieces to be sold during one day so organisers have spread the auction over two days – January 28 and February 25.
Craig Stevens, who lives in Croydon, has been collecting the toys since 1978.
Speaking to Eastlondonlines the former chairman of the UK Star Wars Fan Club explained that he has been a passionate fan of George Lucas’ space series for a long time but believes now is the time to move on.
Stevens said: “I live in a rented flat. I am looking to start a new life, buy a house and I think the time is right.”
“I was one of the children who queued up to see Star Wars when it was first released in 1977. It had a tremendous effect on me. Since then I’ve been collecting the pieces.”
The rare toys are believed to hold a high value. A Boba Fett vintage figure, for which Stevens originally paid £50, has been valued as £15,000. A Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi toy is expected to fetch around £3,000.
There will also be more affordable pieces on auction, with the cheapest figure valued at around £60.
Vectis Auctions are one of the largest auctioneers in the word. They hold five auctions per month with around 700 lots each day. All auctions are room sales and are also held live online. Bidding can also be made via post, fax or telephone.