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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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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Real rail and the model variety

18 November 2019

Hornby Dublo collectors fought spirited battles for clockwork rarities at Duggleby Stephenson’s (18.75% buyer’s premium) York sale.

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Austin pedal car trundles into Cheshire saleroom

28 October 2019

As one of the most meticulously made pedal cars ever produced, the Austin J40 is always a target when it comes to auction.

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Revered model railway names in demand at Dreweatts' transport sale

14 October 2019

Underpinned by an 81-lot consignment from the estate of the late Fred Sansome, a famous figure in the world of model railways, the Transport Sale at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) was led by scratch-built locomotives by equally revered names.

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Vintage Barbie bather swims into Denver sale

16 September 2019

High Fashion from the late 50s comes to Denver, Pennsylvania, in the form of this Barbie doll.

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Turin toy keeps on trucking at Runcorn auction

16 September 2019

A model example of trans-European trucking, this diecast van advertising a Swiss company was made in Italy and sold to a German buyer at the Runcorn rooms of British Toy Auctions (18% buyer’s premium).

‘A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley’ by Rowland Emett

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang designer's sculpture bought by National Railway Museum in York

05 September 2019

A 26-foot long kinetic sculpture by Rowland Emett (1906-90) who designed the magical car in the eponymous 1960s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been sold by Bonhams for a six-figure sum to the National Railway Museum in York.

Newton’s New Game of Virtue

17th century table casket, LS Lowry lithograph and a ‘virtuous’ 19th century board game – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

30 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a 19th century board game designed to deter juvenile minds “from pursuing the dangerous paths of vice”. It sold over 15-times estimate in Bath.

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British livery boosts appeal of early German locomotive

26 August 2019

The name Marklin always suggested an O gauge loco and tender offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) would find a buyer against a £200-300 estimate but there was a considerably greater head of steam when international collectors looked closer.

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Pre-war Dinky toys deliver in specialist auction

19 August 2019

Two rare pre-war Dinky trade boxes which had been in loft storage for two generations appeared for sale in Lincolnshire. Toy specialist M&M Auctions (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Spalding offered them on behalf of a family who had owned the toys since new in the mid-1930s.

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Miss Timber sells in Tennessee

12 August 2019

Large 18th century English doll passed by descent is a highlight of toy auctions.

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Robot at the rocket wheel

12 August 2019

This c.1960s Japanese Robot Rocket Ship made by Modern Toys (Masudaya) will feature in the two-day Basics summer auction to be held by Bertoia on August 22-23.

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Clown acrobat swings in

12 August 2019

This clown acrobat of c.1910 is one of around 150 automata from the Michael Kam collection that feature in the Potter & Potter August 24 auction in Chicago.

Antique dolls house

Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Magic Midget makes mighty saleroom price

08 July 2019

Racing along to a double-estimate £2400, this tinplate clockwork Tri-ang Magic Midget made by Line Bros in 1933, led the field at the 450-lot toys sale at Gildings (15% buyer’s premium) in Market Harborough on June 24.

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Medieval chess figure believed to be a ‘missing’ piece from the Lewis chessmen set sells at £600,000 at Sotheby’s

02 July 2019

A chess figure bought in 1964 in Edinburgh for £5 by an antiques dealer and stored in a drawer for decades has sold at a hammer price of £600,000 at Sotheby’s in London.

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