One of the rarest Star Wars figures to sell for £15k after it was found in loft

One of the world's rarest Star Wars action figures is set to sell for £15,000 at auction after it was found hidden in a loft.

With just 10 to 12 of Jawa figures made back in the 1970s and now scattered across the globe, one lucky individual has found a relic.

The price tag is a "conservative" estimate of its value, with the figurine set to sell for 10,000 times its original £1.50 value.

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The lucky seller received the action figure as a gift from British toy company PALITOY during the promotion of a Star Wars-themed line of Marvel comic books.

Through a chance encounter between the unnamed seller and auctioneer Jonathan Torode, the action figure was found and sent under the hammer.

Mr Torode of Excalibur Auctions said: "He just turned up with them and our jaws dropped. I have been a toy auctioneer for a long time and this is the first one I have actually seen in the flesh, so to speak."

The figure has a legendary status among collectors and is believed to be in the top three rarest items of all, just behind the Obi Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker figures which were given extended lightsabers.

Mr Torode added: "The UK figures are even rarer because by the time these figures got to the UK they had already withdrawn them and started producing cloth versions.

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"Up until the early 2000s they were thought to not exist – they were like a legend. This figure is one of the rarest carded Star Wars figures known to exist, with approximately 10-15 examples documented."

The 12-back card has slight creasing in the corners but had an immaculate cover due to how it was stored.

The rarity is not the only Star Wars figure to rack up a hefty price at auction, with a rare Stormtrooper set to sell for £300 at auction.

It is not quite the highs of the £15,000 figurine, which Mr Torode says is a "privilege to handle".

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