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Pre-war Dinky toys deliver in specialist auction

19 August 2019

Two rare pre-war Dinky trade boxes which had been in loft storage for two generations appeared for sale in Lincolnshire. Toy specialist M&M Auctions (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Spalding offered them on behalf of a family who had owned the toys since new in the mid-1930s.

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Early Dinky vans in demand and delivering high prices

17 April 2017

Dinky is one of the most popular names in the toys collecting field, but with a vast array of types made in the firm’s 45-year history, where do you decide to start?

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Cumbria saleroom launch specialist vintage and antique toy auctions

13 July 2016

Dinky toys, antique dolls and a life-sized Dalek will be among the lots offered in Mitchells’ first ever ‘Vintage & Antique Toys’ auction at their Cockermouth saleroom later this month.

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Dinky diecast toy collection fetches £120,000 at Devon auction

23 June 2016

A vast collection of nearly 3500 diecast models fetched £120,000 at west country auctioneers Piers Motley. The lifetime collection of John Kinchen had been “well known in the Dinky world for decades”.

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Giants among dinkys as rare Type 1 vans sell to UK collector

10 December 2014

Pre-war delivery vans advertising commercial brand names have long acquired trophy status in the Dinky toy market.

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Toy collection slides in to West Midlands saleroom

09 September 2013

More than 2000 objects from a Dorset toy museum will come under the hammer in November.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Off the drawing board at £6400

15 June 2009

THIS mysterious liveried Austin A40 Dinky van made for the Spanish company Omnisport sold for £6400 on the phone to a British collector at Wallis & Wallis in Lewes, East Sussex on June 8.

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Delivering a £17,000 Dinky record

25 March 2008

Pre-war delivery vans advertising commercial brand names have long been the kings of the Dinky collectors’ market. This was reinforced on March 10 when Vectis of Stockton-on-Tees sold the so-called 5th Avenue Collection, which included examples bearing well known and long-forgotten brands.

Collectors keep Dinkys rolling as Britains’ toy soldiers go marching on

04 January 2005

Wallis & Wallis, Lewes November 22 & October 11 Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent THE continuing strength of the privately-fuelled market for unusual or quality toys in good condition saw this Sussex auction firm boast healthy selling rates by volume in their specialist November and October toy sales.

From Britains to Bond, selling toys at the treble

09 March 2004

THERE was plenty to tempt toy collectors in the provinces in late January and early February with over 1000 wide-ranging lots catering to all tastes and offered in three different sales.

Kennerley’s Dinky vans deliver the specialist goods

28 May 2002

A former chief executive of Vernon’s Pools hit the jackpot at Vectis (10 per cent buyer’s premium) on May 8-9, when the specialist toy auctioneers dispersed just over 2000 lots of his Dinky and Corgi vehicles at their Buckingham salerooms for a total of £350,000.

By costly streamlined rarity to a stockbroker’s house

02 May 2002

ONE of only a few thousand produced, a 1935 Dinky Coachcraft, streamlined van, led this specialist toy sale in Sussex at Wallis and Wallis on 18 March.

Dinky Holland Coachcraft streamlined van

25 March 2002

This bright red Dinky Holland Coachcraft streamlined van was one of only a few thousand, which in terms of Dinky’s prolific production rate is very few, to be made during their single year of production in 1935.

Toys and dolls prove reliable if unspectacular sellers

31 October 2001

Two rather different toy sales went under the hammer early last month. October 4 saw Christie’s South Kensington (17.5/10% buyer’s premium) put some 465 lots predominantly devoted to dolls under the hammer while six days later Bonhams & Brooks (15/10% buyer’s premium) offered an even bigger, more general 630-lot mix of playthings ranging from Dinkys and lead figures to dolls, soft toys and tinplate.

Its a Dinky collection but the prices are far from tiny

10 October 2001

Jean-Vital Remy was one of the most determined and assiduous Dinky toy collectors. Over a relatively short space of time – around 15 years from the mid-1980s – this Belgian enthusiast built up an enormous assemblage of French and English Dinkys spanning the entire production period. His desire for comprehensiveness and determination to acquire pieces with unusual colour or design variations made him a formidable adversary when it came to buying, whether at auctions or in shops or fairs.