Nathaniel Bertrand and Cheyenne Gurr from Mission were among the potential bidders on some of the Stars Wars memorabilia up for bids at Able Auction in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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Nathaniel Bertrand and Cheyenne Gurr drove from Mission to have a look at a massive collection of Stars Wars memorabilia shortly before it went up for sale at Able Auctions in Langley on Saturday.

Betrand, who said he works in Langley, was under the impression the sale would be happening when he was at work, but when a friend told him it would actually be on one of his days off, the Star Wars aficionado had to see it for himself.

The collection, the property of a single collector who chose to be anonymous, filled heavy-duty shelves shelves and spilled onto countertops inside a section of the large auction warehouse at 19757 92A Ave.

There were original vintage figures, die-cast dolls, models, Lego, statues, replica blasters, light sabres, a life-size Darth Vader bust, bobble heads, Pez and a chest-high rack of comic books.

There was a replica handgun that was signed by Carrie Fisher and another one that was signed by James Earl Jones.

And lots of old vintage toys in their original packaging

For Star Wars fans like Bertrand and Gurr, who have already seen the latest film, it was almost breath-taking.

“I have a collection,” Bertrand said, “but nothing like this.”

He hadn’t decided whether he would actually bid, but after seeing what was available, Bertrand went over to the counter to get a number.

Most of the walk-ins were knowledgeable Star Wars fans, many of whom had already seen the newest Star Wars film (Based on an unscientific survey by a Times reporter, all gave it a big thumbs-up).

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In a parking lot across the street from Able Actions, Brandon Barbagianis from North Delta was quietly lining up a few items of his Star Wars collection of the hood of his car, including a life-size Bobba Fett mask.

Barbagianis, who said he needed to cash in some of his collection to replace some stolen tools, was hoping to make some money from unsuccessful bidders following the sale.

“I hope no one (at the auction house) gets upset,” he said.

Barbagianis was sure his prices would be better.

When the auction got underway, it took about three to four hours, very busy hours, to finish.

“It was crazy,” Able Auctions owner Jeremy Dodd said.

He said a four-inch plastic figure sold for somewhere between $1500 and $1800.

Dodd described it as a “lifetime collection of a guy who has been collecting since the first Star Wars movie came out, and he’s been a fan ever since.”

“He just decided now’s the time to let it all go.”

Confidentiality prevents Dodd from saying exactly how much the sale realized, but it appears to have been substantial.

“The seller was extremely happy,” Dodd said.

Most of the bids were online.

Dodd said a little while before the Star Wars auction, a similar sort of collectible sale at Able, one that featured classic Coca-Cola items and antique gas pumps, “went through the roof” as well.

“There seems to be a real demand out there for vintage collectibles.”



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A toy Darth Maul glowered from a shelf at Able Actions in Langley. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

A miniature Luke in a miniature fighter. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

In a parking lot across the street, Brandon Barbagianis had brought some of his Star Wars collectibles, hoping disappointed bidders might look his way and help him sell off some of his personal collectibles to replace some stolen tools. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

There were comics. Lots of comics. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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