Japanese designer and entrepreneur Nigo (real name: Tomoaki Nagao) is perhaps best known for creating the popular clothing line A Bathing Ape. But it turns out he’s also a fairly prominent collector of Star Wars memorabilia. A bunch of his collection of rare action figures and replicas — 175 lots in total — from the galaxy far, far away were up for sale today at Sotheby’s at an auction collectively called “Return of the NIGO.” Last year the auction house hosted a collective sale of the designer’s art collection called “NIGO Only Lives Twice,” but today’s auction was only made up of Star Wars goodies. Here are some of the highlights.
Star Wars Power of the Force Yak Face ‘92-Back’ Action Figure, 1985
- Auction Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000
- Sold For: $7,500
Who knew a figure to a z-list Star Wars character could be sold for so much money? This Yak Face figure was only produced in non-U.S. territories.
Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package Store Display, 1977
- Auction Estimate: $7,000 - 9,000
- Sold For: $20,000
The box sold at the auction was one of five known examples of the display case to the infamous Early Bird Package, which was created when toy company Kenner couldn’t meet consumer demands for Star Wars toys after the original film was released
Hungarian Boba Fett Action Figure, 1989
- Auction Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000
- Sold For: $15,000
Canadian Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Seven-Figure Multi-Pack, 1980
- Auction Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000
- Sold For: $32,500
This seven-figure set was sold exclusively in Sears stores in Canada for the release of The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars Luke Skywalker Action Figure With Double-Telescoping Saber, 1978
- Auction Estimate: $12,000 - 18,000
- Sold For: $25,000