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

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Corgi No. 447 Ford Thames Walls Ice Cream Van – £560 at Vectis.

Even in boxed condition, with most of its many elements surviving, the Corgi No.447 Ford Thames Walls Ice Cream van seldom brings much more than £100 at auction. However, the three-day sale atVectison January 26-28 included what the auctioneers considered the best example they had ever sold.     

Vehicle, ice-cream seller and the little boy were all mint and it came complete with the folded instruction sheet, unapplied decals, collector's club leaflet and inner packing card.

What price perfection? It took £560.