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Star Wars figure breaks world record at Teesside toy auction

A rare Star Wars figure has broken a world record after selling at a Teesside auction for nearly £22,000.

The vintage Palitoy Jawa, with vinyl cape, is one of only a handful known to exist.

It was marketed for a very short period of time before being replaced by the common edition - the dark brown, brushed nylon cape Jawa.

The sale is the highest price ever paid for a Palitoy Jawa figure at auction.

Vintage Palitoy Star Wars carded figures are amongst some of the most sought after toy collectables.

The vinyl cape Jawa being one of the rarest, especially when found in its original packaging.

The action figure was estimated to sell for between £8,000 - £10,000.

The pre-sale estimate of £8,000 was blown out of the water prior to the sale when keen pre-bidders pushed the opening price up to £11,000.

Brisk bidding from a bank of telephone bidders, room bidders plus globally via the live bidding internet platform resulted in the world record amount.

It was sold at Vectis Auctions in Thornaby, Stockton, for £21,600, including commission.

It was bought by an internet bidder who wishes to remain anonymous.

A spokesperson for Vectis Auctions said: "I'm not surprised by how much it's gone for."

The vintage Palitoy Jawa, with vinyl cape, is one of only a handful known to exist. Credit: Vectis Auctions

"There were lots of people interested in it.There were probably about 20 serious bidders today and in the run up to the action up to 100.

"I'm not surprised by how much it's gone for as it is a rare piece. It's not something you see all the time, there are only a handful known to exist."

– Spokesperson for Vectis Auctions

The Vinyl Cape Jawa was being sold alongside a selection of other Star Wars figures.

A Kenner Star Wars vintage vinyl cape Jawa sold for £9,000, including commission.

Star Wars expert at Vectis, Kathy Taylor said: "Star Wars memorabilia is currently the most sought after franchise that we have ever seen here at Vectis Auctions":

Interest is particularly high it is the 40th anniversary of the initial release of the first film.

"Within our regular TV and Film related sales we see everything from to higher value items such as the Harbert Jawa Carded Figure which sold recently for over £10,000 to the more quirky items that raise eyebrows.

"In the past Vectis sold a Star Wars pencil sharpener for over £200 and a plastic carrier bag with a Palitoy Star Wars logo on for £240.

"The collector is interested in everything from the history of the toys which would include Palitoy factory paperwork to the vast selection of collectables which encompasses toys, film props, posters, images, clothing etc. "This is not just a UK phenomenon. On auction day our telephone and live internet bidders come from all four corners of the globe."

– Kathy Taylor, Star Wars expert at Vectis