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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Marx prototype bikes feature among Milestone motors

24 January 2022

Milestone Auctions recorded some buoyant prices for rare variants of toy motorcycles in its sale last October (see ATG No 2516).

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German toys star but US money bank tops sale

10 January 2022

An early Märklin Central Station dating from c.1901-10 and made for the English market was one of the top-sellers in the large autumn toys sale held by Bertoia (20% buyer’s premium).

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The large-scale mini-mill in demand

13 December 2021

This large-scale model of a late 19th century Australian stamp mill is signed for the Ivanhoe Gold Corporation Foundry.

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Chess: Ah, that’ll be the good old Ruy Lopez opening

06 December 2021

The World Chess Championship currently taking place in Dubai began on November 26 in familiar style.

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Playtime in the saleroom at Hartleys

22 November 2021

Top names in their different fields, ages and markets, Wurlitzer and Armand Marseilles were the star makers at Hartleys (17.5% buyer’s premium).

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The 6cm shoes for adults

22 November 2021

The auction at toy specialist C&T (22% buyer’s premium) in Kenardington, Kent, on November 3 included this very rare pair of doll’s shoes dated to c.1700.

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19th century French beetle brooch is among five lots to watch this week

01 November 2021

With estimates from £250-3000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Marx and Lehmann motor to saleroom

01 November 2021

The Milestone (20% buyer’s premium) auction held in Cleveland, Ohio, featured just over 700 lots of toys – the majority from one collection.

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Boldy go to Barry Potter

27 October 2021

It’s toy time at Sandown Park on Saturday, November 13, where Barry Potter and family hold the largest of their regular vintage toy fairs with 500 tables staffed by more than 300 dealers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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