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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Toy specialist Aston’s to hold its last auction

14 September 2020

Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers in Dudley is to close and its final sale – a sci-fi toy collection – will be held next month.

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Art Deco planters, Fabergé objects and a Steiff teddy bear are among the six lots to watch at auction this week

07 September 2020

With estimates from £800-15,000 here are six previews of upcoming items this week including two pairs of Art Deco planters from a famous London building and a rare Steiff teddy bear.

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The web shop window: rare Bergman chess set

07 September 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Japanese battery powered robot estimated at $60,000-90,000 at Morphy Auctions

07 September 2020

This Machine Man lithographed tinplate Japanese battery powered robot is the rarest of the post war group of so called ‘Gang of Five’ robots made by Masudaya.

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ATG letter: On the trail of Wedgwood Flaxman chess pieces to complete the set

07 September 2020

MADAM – I hope your readers can help me track down a few items. I am trying to find some old Wedgwood Flaxman chess pieces from about 1825-70. I have been trying to complete this set for more than 40 years.

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19th century German locomotive makes a princely purchase

31 August 2020

This Gauge II steam-powered locomotive below was made by Schoenner, the Nüremberg toymaker operating founded by Jean Schoenner in 1875.

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We hope toys come back in play

24 August 2020

Organiser of events across the country has fingers crossed for fairs scheduled later in 2020.

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Chad Valley toy car motors into New Jersey sale

03 August 2020

Among the European toys included in the August 13 Basics sale to be held by Bertoia auctions of Vineland, New Jersey will be this boxed saloon car made by the British firm Chad Valley.

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Britains’ boxed waggon reaches Pittsburgh

03 August 2020

This Britains’ boxed pre-war general active service limbered waggon, set number 1331, in very good condition with a good box, is one of the lots to feature in a US auction.

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Complete set of the first edition Shadowless Pokemon cards comes to auction estimated at £25,000-35,000

24 July 2020

Collectors have a chance to bid for a complete base set of the first edition Shadowless Pokemon cards bought directly from original US publishers Wizards Of The Coast in 1999.

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Hornby train sets still on the right track after 100 years

20 July 2020

The Hornby train set is 100 years old this year. ATG reports on the sale of a remarkable century-old survivor plus highlights from across the UK regions

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In a Whirligig at the £4800 return of Mr Turnip

20 July 2020

The fortnightly Saturday afternoon TV show Whirligig was the first children’s programme to be broadcast live from the BBC studios in Lime Grove, Shepherd’s Bush.

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All Action Man bidding at Norfolk sale

20 July 2020

Underlining the nostalgic appeal of the 1970s-80s toys that today’s collectors once played with as children, this group of Action Man uniforms estimated at £40-60 sold for £1300 at the Keys (20% buyer’s premium) Toys auction on July 7.

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Airfix in full Attack Force against the Mad Barber and the Golden Bat

20 July 2020

Toys from the Attack Force range are not the earliest of the Airfix models, but they are perhaps the most desirable.

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Transatlantic rook flies as souvenir chess piece sells at Oxford auction

20 July 2020

As implied by an extensive inscription, this souvenir chess piece was produced by Carlo Joseph and Arthur Alphonse Giuliano, sons of the celebrated Italian artist jeweller Carlo Giuliano, to commemorate a chess match played via telegraph in 1897.

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Big benefits from miniature locomotives as Gildings offers large single-owner collection

20 July 2020

Leicestershire saleroom Gildings is offering an extensive single-owner collection of large-scale model locomotives in an auction which will benefit a life-size steam railway.

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The best of trench art emerges at Guernsey auction

20 July 2020

First World War ‘trench art’ – objects made by soldiers, prisoners of war and interned civilians from munitions casings – does not get much better than this brass model of a Vickers machine gun.

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Go through the keyhole to find special appeal of 19th century doll’s house

13 July 2020

A 19th century doll’s house sold for £8500 at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) – but its real appeal came from what was inside.

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Portobello dealer’s collection of kitchenalia and more proves a sell-out at Newbury auction

06 July 2020

Joan Dunk (1930-2019) was a Portobello Road market stalwart. Her stall, for decades an outside pitch on the corner of Westbourne Grove, was affectionately known as IDA – the trade name of an early 20th century German kitchen equipment manufacturer which she adapted to mean ‘Interesting Domestic Appliances’.

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Sought-after Airfix set stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

03 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an Airfix scale model Attack Force battle set complete in its original packaging that made over 30-times estimate in Suffolk.

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