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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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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Durbar parades across a shop window

09 November 2020

A collection of more than 580 figures representing participants in the 1903 Delhi Durbar comprises the bulk of this month’s exhibition at Bristol jeweller Grey-Harris & Co.

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Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson rarities emerge in studio archive

02 November 2020

An archive cleared from Bray Studios after Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson’s production company wrapped up its final series of Terrahawks in the mid-1980s is coming to auction at Surrey firm Ewbank’s on November 30.

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Lenci figures show sex sells

26 October 2020

The latest British & Continental Ceramics & Glass Auction at McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) was topped by 'La Modista Il Cappellino', a 14in (35cm) Lenci figure.

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Collection of boxed Hornby trains steam into Surrey auction

24 October 2020

An extensive single-owner collection of boxed Hornby trains– much of it in largely untouched condition – will be offered at Ewbank’s in Surrey next week.

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Robot record for a Masudaya attic find

12 October 2020

After 60 years in an attic, an extremely rare battery-operated Machine Man robot with its original box rolled into the spotlight at Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania.

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Calvert name check boosts chess set value

12 October 2020

The white ‘rooks’ to this 19th century carved and turned wood chess set, offered by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium) in Diss in August 12, are stamped Calvert 189 Fleet Street to their bases.

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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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