Defying Stock Market Slump, Pop Culture Rarities Drive Hake’s Auction to Strong $2.4M Finish

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Above: Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178.

Financial markets may be taking a breather, but there’s never a time out for those who pursue investment-grade vintage collectibles.

Hake’s, the auction house that lit the fire for America’s pop culture obsession 55 years ago, rang up yet another high-flying auction total on November 15-16, achieving excellent prices across many specialty categories and closing the books at $2.4 million.

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