29 April 2022
Palitoy Star Wars Return of the Jedi vintage promotional store display, was on offer with an estimate of £5,000-£10,000
Lot 6269 at the 28th April sale was a highly anticipated one. The Palitoy Star Wars: Return of the Jedi vintage vehicle and figure promotional store display, was on offer with an estimate of £5,000-£10,000
These store displays were all hand built, painted and were provided by to key accounts and partners to Palitoy to promote the new film release, and character lines. It depicts the battle scene on Endor, at the end of the Return of The Jedi film.
This particular display was awarded to Romer Parrish, one of Teesside most iconic toy shops, which opened in 1933 on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.
Originally made by NJ Farmers Associates Ltd for Palitoy (circa 1982), it was bought by a collector when the store closed in the mid 90s, who then decided to sell after talking to Vectis Specialist Nick Dykes.
Nick said: “This was a unique opportunity to acquire something of not only Star Wars history but what is also social history. These large toy displays are fondly remembered by so many children, bringing back so many memories. The local connection to the auction house is the cherry on the top really of a superb story”.
The anticipation in the room was matched online and with a book full of commission bids, it opened at £9,000, the commission bid was soon taken on by an internet bidder who persevered and won the Lot at £13,000 (£15,600 with commission).
The display was bought by a UK bidder.