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The sweet haul of geeky gifts for Christmas might be all packed away and semi-forgotten, but we've got an overwhelming treasure of toys and collectibles coming up for auction next month from London-based Prop Store for you to preview and admire.
Prop Store is the respected auction house that sold such high-ticket items as Indiana Jones' iconic fedora ($424,000) and Anakin's lightsaber from 2005's Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith ($145,000) back in December, and now they've gathered a fantastic assortment of rare Star Wars action figures, playsets, foreign variants, and store display pieces for sale to the highest bidder.
This industry-leading memorabilia company is announcing its enticing Toys & Collectibles auction to be held as a two-day live auction in Los Angeles County, California on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Friday, Mar. 1. The event includes nostalgic production toys, international collectibles, Hollywood posters, rare cast & crew items, and much more from a wide array of franchises like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Transformers, Marvel, Star Trek, TMNT, and Lord of the Rings.
Prop Store is also showcasing a desirable collection of Star Wars action figures and memorabilia from the personal stash of Howard Kazanjian, Lucasfilm's former VP of Production and a producer on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. His batch of sparkling gems boasts minty-fresh collectibles that have remained virgin since they were first manufactured four decades ago.
“Toy collecting is one of the largest segments of pop culture memorabilia collecting, and we’re excited to step into the space with a superbly-curated collection of content," says Prop Store COO Brandon Alinger in the official release. "Prop Store has a reputation for unearthing fantastic props and costumes and we intend to carry that forward with our presence in the toy market. Like many kids, I grew up surrounded by my favorite toys and looking through this catalog is a fun ride down memory lane – we know our clients will feel the same.”
All total, over 700 lots will be offered in the two-day auction at Prop Store’s facility in Valencia, California, including 400 Star Wars-centric items highlighted by a Graded French Boba Fett Action Figure by Meccano (1980) Est. $25,000 - $30,000; Wax sculpture for Mola Ram Action Figure by LJN (Indiana Jones 1984) Est. $18,000 - $20,000; Limited First Release Jawa Action Figure with Vinyl Cape (Star Wars 1978) from Kenner Est. $12,000 - $16,000; Graded Yak Face Action Figure (Star Wars 1978) by Kenner Est. $8,000 - $10,000; and a Canadian Chewbacca Hand Puppet by Regal Toys (Star Wars 1978) Est. $3,000 - $5,000.
Bids can be placed anywhere in the world via phone, online, or in person. All lots are available for viewing online and bidders can register at propstore.com.
Check out our exclusive preview of cool toys and collectibles up for auction in the gallery below, then tell us which lots you'd love to win when the hammer falls!