Models, Toys, Dolls & Games

Collecting toys will undoubtedly evoke nostalgic memories of a long-gone childhood – from die-cast models (including Dinky Toys and Corgi), model railways, toy soldiers, dolls, teddies, games and general juvenilia, such as Meccano and LEGO, there is wealth of choice in this collecting area.


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Pick of the week: Mah-jong set that counts for a lot

30 March 2020

The popular Chinese game of mah-jong is a relative newcomer.

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Sale drives towards a sell-out

23 March 2020

With just five of the 630 lots of toys and models failing to get away and an £80,000 total well above top hopes, Special Auctions Services’ Newbury sale was, said auctioneer Hugo Marsh, “just like the old days – even better”.

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Subbuteo space oddity soars in Essex saleroom

16 March 2020

Among the rarest of all Subbuteo games invented and manufactured by Peter Adolph in Tunbridge Wells are those without a sporting theme.

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Four-figure bids for a Victorian des res in miniature

16 March 2020

The first specialist sale of dolls and dolls’ houses at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) of Bury St Edmunds was based mainly around a single collection.

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‘A pivotal piece of video game history’: PlayStation prototype from failed Sony-Nintendo partnership draws huge bidding in Texas auction

11 March 2020

A prototype of the PlayStation has sold for $300,000 at auction in Texas. The 28-year-old gaming console, offered by Heritage Auctions as part of a sale in Dallas this week is thought to be the sole survivor from 200 made during a failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo in c.1992.

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Curious man as the moon automaton shows his face in Pennsylvania

24 February 2020

The antique toys sale at Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania, on Mar 10-11 includes an array of French automata with creations by makers Leopold Lambert, Gustav Vichy and Jean Roullet.

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Fishy Pelham footman puppet pulls the strings at Hansons

17 February 2020

The Fish Footman puppet is among the most sought after of the entire back catalogue of Pelham Puppets.

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Selection of playing cards to suit all buyers

17 February 2020

Star turn among some 120 lots of playing cards offered as part of a Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale was the last to be offered. A complete set of Charles Hodges’ Astronomical Playing Cards, it sold online for £3000.

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Märklin pioneer plane offered at auction in Germany

10 February 2020

This clockwork monoplane manufactured by Märklin in 1914 was one of numerous early 20th century tin toys made by German manufacturers to celebrate the achievements of the early pioneers of flight.

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Rare teddies from museum collection bare all at auction in Newbury

06 February 2020

More than 300 teddy bears collected over an eight-year period are to be auctioned later this year.

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Catherine Southon auction to offer late-16th century gaming board found in bombed-out London

03 February 2020

“As soon as the vendor pulled the board from her bag, I recognised something of serious interest.”

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The renowned teddy bear expert who has overcome an allergy to soft toys’ fur

03 February 2020

For a man who has built his career around teddy bears it is a strange quirk of fate that these inoffensive toys make him feel unwell.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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Airfix D-Day advance to four figures

23 December 2019

A recent sale at C&T in Tunbridge Wells included an unexpected bid of £1700 (estimate £50-70) for three unopened Airfix models.

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Trains Galore auction steams into Newbury saleroom

14 December 2019

Special Auction Services is bringing railway fans its annual Trains Galore two-day auction of more than 1000 lots.

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Bus toys take the saleroom route

09 December 2019

Part toy, part biscuit tin, the crossover appeal of a 1929 Huntley & Palmers product helped it to star at Hansons’ (20% buyer’s premium) five-day 2100-lot marathon antiques and collectors sale.

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Tables piled with toys

09 December 2019

Just in time for Christmas, BP Fairs, aka Barry and Ellis Potter and family, will be holding a toy, train and collectors’ fair at the Stafford County Showground on Sunday, December 15.

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Meet Snaggletooth and Greedo

09 December 2019

Bruneau closes the year with a December 14 sale of Comics and Toys, for which Travis Landry, its director of pop culture, will join forces with ‘event entertainment company’ Altered Reality Entertainment.

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Prince charming doll by Jumeau

09 December 2019

On January 11-12 the specialist doll auction firm Theriault’s will be offering the collection of an American heiress, the late Huguette Clark.

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18th century doll’s dress brings big price

02 December 2019

The height of fashion nearly three centuries ago, this 18th century doll’s dress caught the eye at C&T’s (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in Tunbridge Wells.

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