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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‘Patience and taste personified’: more lots from the outstanding Ann and Gordon Getty collection

12 February 2024

New York auctioneer remembers Ann and Gordon Getty as the latest lots come to market

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Bear fair with a hospital

05 February 2024

Bear in mind 'Hugglets Bear Festival: The World of Teddy Bears' which runs on Sunday February 25 at Kensington Town Hall in London W8.

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Much sought-after Star Wars Jawa figure from 1978 takes £15,000 at auction

28 January 2024

One of the most coveted Star Wars figures is the Jawa figure by Palitoy with the original vinyl cape.

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Extensive dolls collection came from house where whole rooms were crammed full of displays

22 January 2024

Special Auction Services is selling what it bills as ‘the largest and most valuable doll collection to been seen at auction for 25 years’.

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The 70s to 90s: ‘People are buying their childhoods back’

22 January 2024

The appeal of more modern toys for the latest collectors buying based on nostalgia for childhood playthings was underlined by a large group of Transformers offered at Special Auction Services on January 17.

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Doll maker and fashion house come together to create a limited edition

22 January 2024

As well as being an artist’s model and gallery owner who founded the museum dedicated to the work of the sculptor Aristide Maillol, Dina Vierny was also known as a collector of antique dolls.

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Morden map cards lead the way at Newbury auction

22 January 2024

Auction offered near-complete example of the set that also formed a first pocket atlas of England and Wales

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Silver plane travels well at small scale

22 January 2024

A sterling silver scale model of the Lockheed TriStar aircraft was the top lot at Kinghams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Silver and Objects of Vertu sale in the Cotswolds.

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Donald Duck butts in thanks to ‘Walt Disney’ greeting

22 January 2024

The Doll & Bears Sale at Vectis (20.83% buyer’s premium) in Stockton-on-Tees included this rare Disney Donald Duck from the 1930s.

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Fine Lines dolls' house takes £6000 hammer price

22 January 2024

The toy company of Lines is often mentioned in relation to rocking horses but it was a double bay-fronted dolls’ house produced in c.1895 that impressed at Sheffield saleroom Ellis Willis & Beckett (19.5% buyer’s premium).

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The homing instinct – Vivien Greene dolls' houses

22 January 2024

Dolls’ houses from the collection of a renowned expert and author came to auction in Kent.

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Toy soldier guru James Opie holds last auction

22 January 2024

The Late John Ruddle Collection of toy soldiers sale held at C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on December 6 was a very special occasion.

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Dealer to sell decorations from a royal Christmas tree at Hansons

04 December 2023

Dealer Daniel Hadden is hoping for an early Christmas present with the sale of two tree decorations that once belonged to Queen Victoria.

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Chess collecting: now it’s your move

27 November 2023

How much would you spend on an antique or vintage chess set? Here are three examples from different periods that sold across a wide range of prices.

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The difference detail can make to mass products

27 November 2023

The Matchbox Superfast 74a Daimler Fleetline Bus estimated at £60-80 as Lot 214 in the Vectis (27% buyer’s premium inc VAT) sale on October 31 made £35, while the version guided at £50-70 two lots later made £120.

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Marx goes to war in a big way with a huge toy soldier playset

27 November 2023

The first American Civil War playset produced by Marx came in 1958 but in 1961 a real blockbuster version appeared: the Giant Blue and Gray Battle Set.

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Bild-Lilli: the sexy and sassy character that inspired Barbie

27 November 2023

The Barbie movie might not have been such a hit if it was called Bild-Lilli instead.

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Japanese post-war toys – the novelty that has not worn off

27 November 2023

The highly imaginative post-war toys made in Japan for the US market are sought-after lots at auction

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Autogiros made by Britains soar in Pittsburgh

27 November 2023

Created in the late 1920s by Spanish aeronautical engineer Juan de la Cierva (1895-1936), the autogiro entered service in the late 1930s.

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Doll defender of Guernsey sells at 10 times estimate

30 October 2023

An intriguing painted wooden British soldier doll sold for more than 10 times the top estimate when it was offered at Guernsey auction house Martel Maides (24% buyer’s premium).

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