According to Market Decipher, the collectables market is expected to reach $426 billion in 2022 and $1 trillion by 2032. In the last year, Google search trends for ‘Star Wars collectables’ have increased by 200%, indicating a surge in interest in this topic.
So, how much is the Star Wars corner of that $426 billion worth? Well, one of the original R2-D2 units was valued at $2.7 million alone by Heritage Auctions. The insanely rare Darth Vader signature mask and helmet from Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, sold for $1,125,000, is a close second.
The most expensive collectable on eBay is a 1977 Star Wars Trading Card featuring Luke Skywalker, valued at $38,129.
Geek Native’s regular source of data, Decluttr, a site that wants you to sell your out-of-favour nerdy loot, has done a Disney vs WB study. We get answers from that.
A titanium limited edition Black Panther watch ($477,992), a Snow White gold and enamel charm bracelet ($163,800), a bull-whip from the 1984 film Indiana Jones ($66,000), an Elton John Mickey Mouse statue ($62,400), and other items are included in the investigation.
Geek Native understands that Decluttr used data from online auction houses Christie’s, Heritage Auctions, Phillip’s, and Sotheby’s to compare Disney and Warner Brothers’ franchises from Wikipedia’s list of highest-grossing media franchises and best movies from ComicYears and CBR. In addition, the research team used eBay data from the previous two years to determine the value of Disney and Warner Brothers collectables sold in the last two years. The information is current as of February 24, 2023.
Decluttr concludes that fans bought over $257 million of collectables in the last few years.
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