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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Mystery chess set gets bidders on board

27 September 2021

A handful of collectors joined the competition when Mehlis (23% buyer’s premium) in Plauen offered a 19th century ivory and ebony chess set.

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Mickey Mouse toy from 1950s offered in Chicago

20 September 2021

This 1950s battery-operated Mickey Mouse toy is part of a selection of Disney-related items in Potter & Potter’s Steiff, Toys and Pop Culture auction.

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Maltby Millennium chess set checks in at Ewbank’s

13 September 2021

The studio potter John Maltby (1936-2020) created this chess set shown right for the Millennium celebrations at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

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Model railways are on a roll, says US saleroom

30 August 2021

The American Flyer 'G Fox & Co' boxcar is one of the “most desired trains a collector can own” according to Philip Weiss from the eponymous auction house in Lynbrook, New York.

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Music maestros also in tune with toy collecting

30 August 2021

The late songwriter/record producer Aaron Schroeder (1926-2009) built an international music-publishing network with Abby, his wife and business partner of 49 years.

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Toys and collectables: Keeping it on track

16 August 2021

One of the finest European railway toy collections built in the US generated a suitably enthusiastic response when it came to auction.

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Major Matchbox collection strikes a chord

16 August 2021

What was billed as ‘the finest Matchbox collection to be auctioned in recent years’ was offered at Vectis (20% buyer’s premium) in the spring.

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Unsuccessful commercially, but now worth £5600 in the saleroom

16 August 2021

This Doll et Cie four-seater open touring car toy, c.1920s, is a live-steam model made in Germany.

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Belgian Concorde dreams were grounded

16 August 2021

Demand for anything to do with Concorde is always high but a huge ‘museum quality’ model at Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) had an extra touch.

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Tinplate Alfa Romeo sets the pace in Dorset auction

16 August 2021

A tinplate model of the Alfa Romeo P2 sped past a £500-1000 estimate to take £4600 at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) auction in Dorchester.

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Owner stories boost value of Pearson teddy bears

16 August 2021

Toys from the private collection of Sue Pearson, the UK’s leading dealer in antique and vintage teddy bears and soft toys, were offered in Newbury.

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House based in a cupboard draws in the bidders at Hansons

16 August 2021

Such is the recent appeal of dolls’ house accessories that you do not even need the ‘house’ to put them in, it seems.

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Pocket size Pippa Dolls size up nicely at auction

16 August 2021

By the 1980s toy action figures were shrinking in size from GI Joe and Action Man proportions to the likes of Action Force and Star Wars.

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Receipt reveals original Bassett-Lowke rail sale

16 August 2021

A live-steam Gauge 2 Midland Railway locomotive and tender was the top lot of Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale.

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19th century French doll sold for a startling six-figure price

16 August 2021

This rare French Emile Jumeau bisque-headed character doll from c.1892, with a distinctive light brown complexion, turned heads in a US saleroom.

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Baroque chess set bought at TEFAF unveiled at Polish museum

09 August 2021

This impressive Baroque chess set by the Danzig amber artist Michel Redlin has returned to the city of Gdansk in Poland where it was made over 300 years ago.

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German bubble blower pipes up in Ohio

26 July 2021

The centrepiece of a sell-out 762-lot toy sale held by Milestone (20% buyer’s premium) was a collection formed by Margaret and Joel Weissmann.

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Super Mario 64 makes an equally super $1.35m

19 July 2021

Remarkable sums were paid for vintage video games at Heritage Auctions – including a record-breaking $1.35m (£1m) bid for Super Mario 64.

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Rare Steiff ‘hot-water’ bottle bear makes special appearance

28 June 2021

Some of the zest has gone out of the teddy bear market since the crazy days of two decades ago.

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Opium pipe blows away estimate in auction of Finch collection

21 June 2021

A tobacco pipe which opened the series and an opium one which ended it – interspersed by a cigar stub – met keen demand at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

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