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From Britains to Bond, selling toys at the treble

09 March 2004Written by ATG Reporter

THERE was plenty to tempt toy collectors in the provinces in late January and early February with over 1000 wide-ranging lots catering to all tastes and offered in three different sales.

Lewes-based Wallis & Wallis (15% buyer’s premium) are among the most established provincial specialists (they having been holding Sussex sales every six weeks or so for the last 18 years) and their 401-lot outing on February 9 was the largest of the three auctions.

“We lot up with collectors in mind in bite sized chunks of around £80-120 each. If we had large £300-500 lots that would wipe many collectors out,” explained Wallis &Wallis toy specialist Glen Butler.

Their outing had a broad spread of collectable Dinkys and Corgis as well as space-related toys and the third tranche from a large private Kent collection of Britains figures. The most unusual entry from this collection headlined the sale: a 3in (8cm) model of a King George VI soldier in the uniform of the Colonel in Chief of the Welsh Guards.

One of a limited production run that lasted months rather than years, it was made to commemorate the royal visit to South Africa in 1947 and fetched £520 from a Britains collector. Overall, the sale realised £45,000, with a good mix of dealers and collectors ensuring 96 per cent of entries sold.

Brightwells (15% buyer’s premium) 385-lot Leominster sale on January 28 also included Britains figures, but the sale was geared more to doll and teddy bear collectors and dealers and a classic French doll stole the limelight. The Emile Jumeau 12in (30cm) bébé, entered together with her original costume, was taken to £2900 against pre-sale hopes of £1700-1900 while a large Kammer & Reinhardt doll with her original mohair wig fetched £1650.

The most contested entry at Biddle & Webb’s (15% buyer’s premium) 319-lot Birmingham sale on January 23 had a more retro feel. This was a 1960s James Bond Scalextric racing set with two racing cars, including 007’s trademark Aston Martin. Estimated to fetch £150-200, it had been stored in the vendor’s loft since the 1970s. James Bond’s enduring cult status ensured the set was pursued to a punchy £1300.

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