A handcrafted Palitoy Star Wars display, made in 1982 by NJ Farmers Associates Ltd, was saved from a toy store that shut almost 30 years ago and was sold at auction by Vectis for £15,600.
The display – featuring a range of toys launched to tie in with the Return of the Jedi film – was on show at Middlesbrough’s Romer Parrish toy shop.
It was estimated to fetch between £5,000 and £10,000.
The vintage store display was owned by a collector who had purchased it from Romer Parish when the shop closed in 1995.
The collector then put it up for sale with Vectis Auction House in Stockton, which said an unnamed UK bidder paid £13,000 on the hammer – plus £2,600 in commission.
Nick Dykes, TV and film specialist for Vectis Auctions, said: “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.”
Romer Parrish, which opened in 1933, sold newspapers, cards, sweets and eventually toys.
The two-storey shop was eventually sold to Beatties and is now a restaurant.
It is set to be recreated at Durham’s Beamish Museum after Middlesbrough residents were asked to vote for which shops from the 1950s it should replicate.
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