1. Clockwork tinplate locomotive
This unusual find, an early-20th century clockwork tinplate 4-4-2 locomotive and tender, made to run on the floor rather than on a track, carries an estimate of £425-475 at Watsons of Heathfield, East Sussex, on August 22.
Surviving in unusually good condition, the 13½in (34cm) German toy is decked out in the lined green livery of the No 902 Highland Chief of the North British Railway.
2. 1977 Star Wars British quad film poster
Vintage movie posters will be the order of the day on August 23 at Surrey saleroom Ewbank’s where 250 lots will be offered. Among them is a collection from ‘London’s greatest film fan’.
Anthony Duggan, who died two years ago at the age of 63, spent a lifetime collecting movie posters that he received as gifts from cinemas around the capital. When he died the Everyman cinema chain placed a replica Oscar in every one of its foyers with his name on it to celebrate the life of ‘London’s greatest film fan’.
The August 23 sale is the first of a number of auctions to disperse his collection which is valued at up to £100,000.
Among the items on offer is a 2ft 6in x 3ft 4in (76cm x 1.02m) British Quad film poster for the 1962 classic sci-fi horror The Day of the Triffids, starring Howard Keel and Nicole Maurey which is estimated at £300-500. Another highlight is a rare 1977 Star Wars British quad film poster showing the main characters before the poster was redesigned to depict the actors playing them. It is estimated at £1000-1500.
The sale can be viewed online via thesaleroom.com.
3. Postcard of first Japanese Wimbledon tennis player
The sale at Hyperion Auctions of St Ives, Cambridgeshire, on August 24 includes a large group of sporting memorabilia.
This signed postcard depicts Iwao Aoki, the first Japanese tennis player to play at the Wimbledon Championship (from 1931-34). It is accompanied by a handwritten letter from Aoki to Harold Cantor (of the furniture store family) who had requested the photo. It is estimated at £120-150.
View the lot online via thesaleroom.com.
4. Howard Fenn silver tea set
A ‘Kay Tea Set’ by silversmith Howard Fenn (b.1953) will be offered at Dawson’s Auctioneers’ August 24 sale with an estimate of £15,000-20,000. Dawson’s said it is rare for Fenn’s work to come up at auction.
This set has 10 cups and is hallmarked for London dated 1998, 1999 and 2001.
You can view Dawson's auctions online on thesaleroom.com.