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Children’s toys were the most sought-after works, with the foremost lot an early 20th century teddy with brown button eyes, a pointed snout and a humped back. Although it did not have a trademark black button in the ear was in very worn condition and lacked much of its stuffing, it was, by general consensus, a Steiff bear.

Consigned by a Huddersfield dealer on behalf of a private source, it was estimated at £300-500. However, a battle between two collectors took the bidding to £3100.

In better condition was a Schuco miniature bear powder compact. This 31/2in (9cm) pink-plush-covered tinplate piece with a removable head had been spotted in a cardboard box of routine items consigned to a general sale. Put into the collectors’ sale, it sold at £740.

Dealers may have been active but collectors secured the top lots, including a large quantity of Action Man figures and equipment.

Consigned by a private Bradford vendor, the 1970s macho man and his kit took £800 – a surprising sum given the lack of original boxes and the mixed condition of entries.

Andrew Hartley, Ilkley, September 20
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent