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.


Model locomotive at Somerset sale

18 October 2012

This large, scratch-built 5in gauge Great Western Railway locomotive is one of two being sold at Lawrences of Crewkerne on November 2, with both expected to realise £3000-4000.


Amsterdam Dinky is a first at auction

10 October 2012

This Dinky pre-War delivery van advertising Maison De Bonneterie’s flagship department store in Amsterdam will appear at Vectis in Thornaby, near Stockton-on-Tees on October 17.


Heyde toy figures spark bidding battles

27 July 2012

Dealer, collector, author, military historian – Shamus Wade amassed the remarkable collection of toy soldiers and figures which was recently sold at Special Auction Services of Greenham, near Newbury.


Märklin paddle steamer brings record as Claus sale sails to $1.8m

27 July 2012

Documented in the book ‘The Allure of Toy Ships: American & European Nautical Toys from the 19th and 20th Centuries’, the Richard T. Claus collection is widely acknowledged as the best toy boat collection in America and, some say, rivals the very best in Europe.


Bargain Märklin: A case of post-Claus syndrome?

06 July 2012

As all Märklin boats were available with a variety of names and flags (trade buyers could choose these details prior to placing an order), it seems safe to assume this ocean liner named Deutschland was made for the home market.


The Duchess steams to £140,000 world record

16 May 2012

It was full steam ahead at Dreweatts’ auction of model locomotives from the Salem Collection as a world record price was run up.


Märklin boat sails to a ‘Terrible’ £76,000

30 April 2012

A rare Märklin ‘first series’ tinplate toy ’HMS Terrible’ was the jewel in the Ron McCrindell collection sold by Special Auction Services of Greenham, near Newbury, on April 20.


Take a butcher’s at this…

16 April 2012

ENTERED for sale by a descendent of the family for whom it was made, this carved wood and painted plaster model of an East End butcher’s shop sold for £22,000 at Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury.


Staunton’s first chessbox takes £5800 in Carlisle

16 April 2012

BY the early decades of the 19th century it was clear that the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess would require pieces of standardised size and shape as it entered the era of international competition.


Mini in miniature sells at £600

29 December 2011

The range of British die-casts is so massive that enthusiasts tend to narrow the field and collect either by factory, period, vehicle type, category – or a combination of these. Nostalgia has a big part to play.


Ireland sale sets a gold standard

29 December 2011

VECTIS have auctioned some exceptional Dinky collections over the past decade, but what made the David Ireland collection sale stand out was quality over quantity.


Dinky’s South African odyssey finally brings rewards

12 March 2011

SOUTH Africa’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth in 1961 brought with it hefty import taxes on finished luxury goods: a difficult moment for Meccano, for whom the colonies were key markets.


Earliest surviving ‘official’ Monopoly set makes $120,000

21 February 2011

AN original Monopoly set offered as part of the toy collection of publisher Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) and his sons made $120,000 (plus premium) at a recent auction at Sotheby's New York.


Sotheby’s to offer most extensive toy collection ever assembled

07 February 2011

THROUGHOUT this month, Sotheby’s New York are devoting an entire floor of their York Avenue headquarters to what they call “the largest and most comprehensive collection of magnificent quality European and American toys and trains ever assembled”.


Hotwheels stand on the podium for Pippa

01 January 2011

A recent sale conducted by Astons of Dudley included a collection of merchandise belonging to a former Palitoy UK sales representative.


‘Do not crush’ – the spoils of war

29 November 2010

THIS exceptional Napoleonic French prisoner of war model proved the highlight of the latest sale conducted by Clevedon Salerooms, near Bristol.


Stuttgart station appears at auction

13 September 2010

THE October 8 toy sale at Nagel in Stuttgart will include this Märklin gauge-1 model of the Stuttgart train station.


Packaging makes all the difference in Star Wars market

01 June 2010

MOST Star Wars aficionados are familiar with the story of the Flintshire pensioner who bought 20 Palitoy action figures for 49p each in 1978 and sold them at Stockton-on-Tees toy specialists Vectis for a small fortune in 2003.


The matchless Matchbox toys

24 April 2010

THE world’s scarcest Matchbox car achieved a record-breaking price at an auction in Harrogate.


Putting a price on Corgi perfection

27 March 2010

A REALLY top-notch example of an otherwise relatively ordinary die-cast has the capability to produce a surprisingly strong price.