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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Doll and Deco bottle soar above estimates

08 February 2021

This Oriental Bru Jeune No 7 doll was one of the successful entries in the January 21 Antiques and Design sale at Cottone (20% buyer’s premium).

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Collectors answer action figure call to arms

25 January 2021

How did toy manufacturers get boys in the rather less PC 1960s to play with dolls?

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TV legend Gerry Anderson treasure trove brings demand at Surrey sale

25 January 2021

Models, props, scenery and scripts linked to Gerry Anderson emerged for sale at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Send, Surrey at the end of last year.

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18th century Neapolitan world in miniature comes to US auction

25 January 2021

It was not uncommon in the 18th century for a doll to be presented within its own miniature doll-scaled world.

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Bing model fires the imagination at Tennants

25 January 2021

As with so many other collecting areas recently, the conditions of lockdown – meaning spare money and time for the fortunate – have led to buoyant demand for toys, models and collectables.

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Pelham professor makes his mark at British Toy Auctions

25 January 2021

The British Toy Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale on January 8 in Runcorn included several Pelham Puppets rarities.

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Märklin made for the American market draws major demand

25 January 2021

The cow catcher and bell on this Gauge 1 clockwork loco gives the game away: although made by German firm Märklin, the set was for the American market.

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Pelham Puppets galore appear at Devon sale

25 January 2021

An extensive selection of Pelham Puppets came up on the first day of the Piers Motley (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Devon on January 18-20.

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Early railway toys puff into Newbury

25 January 2021

This charming early English-style station below was produced for the export market by German toy manufacturer Märklin.

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Put your foot on the pedal as Junior Austin sells at H&H Classics

25 January 2021

Auction house H&H Classics (15% buyer’s premium) is best known for selling full-sized vehicles but a smaller model impressed in a recent automobilia sale.

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Volvo diecast toy makes 12-times estimate

25 January 2021

This Volvo PV 444 diecast toy is by the Swedish toy distributor Gösta Norén.

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Toys and models: Homes under the hammer

25 January 2021

Furnished dolls’ houses and accessories in general are proving the most dynamic area of the collecting market

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Dinky Octopus pulls in eager bidders

25 January 2021

A Dinky Supertoys 935 Leyland Octopus flat truck with chains in its original box sold for £8200 at Kent saleroom C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on January 14.

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Sales push: miniature pram and doll among the Kent stand-out lots

25 January 2021

The strong level of prices being paid by collectors for dolls’ house furniture was underlined at a recent C&T sale.

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Dolls’ house furniture is sitting comfortably

25 January 2021

The collecting market for dolls’ house furniture has been enjoying a boom period if recent prices have been anything to go by.

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Mikado mechanical bank among collection at Morphy Auctions

18 January 2021

On February 27 Morphy Auctions of Denver, Pennsylvania, will offer the mechanical bank collection of Bob and Judy Brady, assembled over a period of more than 40 years.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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ATG letter: Re-writing the history of chess… or not

14 December 2020

MADAM – I read ATG for my education: it’s always thought-provoking.

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Making moves for Anglo-Saxon ‘chess piece’

30 November 2020

Estimated at £6000-8000, an Anglo-Saxon bronze gaming piece – a metal-detecting find for the consignor – sold for £95,000 (plus premium) at the latest auction at TimeLine in Harwich, Essex.

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Steiff bear looking for a home

09 November 2020

Bertoia Auctions’ latest wide-ranging toy sale in Vineland, New Jersey, on November 12-13 includes this early Steiff teddy bear dating from c.1905.

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