Star Wars Tie Bomber toy found untouched in Leicestershire attic makes 10 times estimate at Hansons auction

Hansons toy Steve Fulford with the Tie Bomber Star Wars toy which sold for £2,100 and the Boba Fett figure which made £2,300 at Hansons on June 20. Photo credit: Hansons.

The force was strong with a sale of Star Wars toys at Hansons of Derbyshire last week as 90 lots fetched a hammer total of £24,000.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Frances Allitt

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A Tie Bomber Authentic Imperial Spacecraft ‘starred’ at the auction on June 20. It had lain untouched in a loft for nearly 40 years after a man who worked in the Palitoy factory brought it home. The classic diecast and plastic Empire Strikes Back spaceship was still sealed in its Kenner packaging.

The 77-year-old Leicestershire owner of the Tie Bomber, from Coalville said: “I was a clerical worker at Palitoy for 12 years from 1983 to 1995 and, from time to time, surplus stock was sold to staff. My son used to like Star Wars and I often bought toys home for him. For some reason, this one was never opened, and I found it in the loft. If I bought it in 1983 it’s been there for 36 years.”

Its good condition helped it shake its £200-300 estimate before being knocked down for £2100.

“It was unbelievable,” said Hansons toy value Steve Fulford. No need to find his lack of faith disturbing, however, as he added: “We had high hopes for the auction because the popularity of Star Wars is huge worldwide, but these results have taken us into another galaxy.”

Other top sellers included a Return of the Jedi Greedo figure made in Hong Kong, which sold for £1,000 from an estimate of £80-£100. An Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett figure made £2,300 over an estimate of £300-£500.