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WHAT'S IT WORTH? On Antiques & Collectables.


Q In the past 20 years I have acquired 26 cast signatures on a Star Wars poster. The autographs include David Prowse (Darth Vader), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Warwick Davies (Wicket the Ewok), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett). I was wondering if the poster is worth anything and if so who would you advise me to get in touch with? Paul Atkins, via email

A Wow! It's really not that easy to get pretty much all the principle cast's signatures, so I suspect you have something quite special there. Harrison Ford (Han Solo) would be an interesting inclusion as would Sir Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin). But even without a few of the principles from the original film this is worth perhaps PS400-PS500.Buyers will often seek evidence of authenticity and any provenance would be useful. Consider specialist film and TV auctions.

Q I have approximately 150 newspapers, magazines, hand bills and souvenir posters of Princess Diana - all in perfect condition. Where's the best place to sell them? David Tyson, via email

A Collecting royal memorabilia is a most absorbing hobby due to the range of items and the international nature of the market. The real desirability lies in personally owned items or unique things such as autographs.

Passion: royal souvenirs With mass produced items like magazine features, I'm afraid too many people keep them which suppresses their open-market value later. Your superb collection is more a passion and of interest value. You might be wise to break up the items into job lots and see if you can offer privately on online auction sites with a small reserve. You might be able to sell everything over time for PS100 or more. I would keep this mini archive as it's personal.

Q I have a 1997 Pirelli calendar called 'Women of the World' still in its original box and it has never been displayed. Could you give me an idea of its value? Robert Graves, via email

A These popular calendars are highly collectable as they cannot be bought from new. You have to be one of 40,000 specially selected recipients, which include royalty and presidents, who get them as a gift.

They sometimes become available on the open market and prices vary but are occasionally quite high. Earlier examples can make more than PS200 each. Your version was shot by Richard Avedon and you'll look to pay between PS30 to PS60 today.

They were first published back in 1964 to help promote the tyre manufacturer at Christmas.

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Out of this world: signed Star Wars poster

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Nov 16, 2014
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