Collectible toys pique interest in New Hill estate sale

Franchise owner Morgan Breakey said she was expecting the sale to gross more than $100,000 by the time the auction ends Monday

Martin, a South Carolina native and longtime Cary resident, died at 77 last September, and his enormous estate was on sale this past weekend. The timber-frame home he built in New Hill was full to bursting with his many collections, including books, baseball cards, Christmas tree ornaments and fine china.

But the collection that generated the keenest public interest was a basement full of 10,000 collectible toys, many of them Star Wars-themed, and worth a total of about $60,000. The most expensive item sold was a $1,300 Lego replica of the Death Star.

Wendy Bennett, Martin’s daughter, said that her father had never been shy about his collection but that she had been unaware of its magnitude until she began organizing the sale.

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