Hake's Auctions sets world record for Star Wars toy
The Russell Branton Star Wars collection, including the sought after double telescopic Obi-Wan Kenobi, is featured in Auction 222 at Hake's Americana & Collectibles.
An action figure of Star Wars' most infamous bounty hunter just broke an auction world record.
A rocket-firing Boba Fett prototype sold for $112,926 on July 11 at Hake's Auctions in York, setting a new world auction record.
"For an action figure to hit the six-figure mark is a big deal and shows the strength of the market," said Hake's Auctions President Alex Winter.
The Boba Fett action figure was originally intended to be part of a toy line for "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."
After first being displayed at the 1979 toy fair in New York City, it never went into mass production, as it was deemed a possible safety hazard to children, according to a news release.
The winning auction price for the Boba Fett prototype broke the previous world record for a Star Wars toy — which was also sold by Hake's — for $86,000.
Winter said Hake's Auctions originally estimated the Boba Fett action figure would sell for between $75,000 and $100,000.
"We were happy with the result," he said. "I won't say we were surprised."
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