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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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