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22nd August 2018.

In a strong sale with a healthy 94% sold rate, Railwayana, vintage tin toys and diecast cars saw high demand.


The top lot of the sale was a 1930s Karl Bub Saloon Car, which sold for £1,600 plus buyer’s premium against an estimate of £300-500. The modest tin toy came with its original box, inscribed “To Billie with love from Mummy”. Specialist Kegan Harrison commented “the Karl Bub car was in astonishing condition. Toys from the 1930s almost never turn up in that sort of condition, and collectors were keen to snap it up”.

The popular construction toy, Meccano, also saw strong prices – with a group of lots from a private collection selling particularly well. Top lots included a Meccano Outfit No. 10 in its original cabinet that sold for £900 plus buyer’s premium, and a similar Outfit No. 10 that sold for £850 plus buyer’s premium. Diecast toys saw a resurgence, with above estimate results being seen for Corgi, Matchbox and Dinky examples.


Railwayana proved as attractive as always, with popular items including a Locomotive Nameplate for BR Class 37 Stockton Haulage selling for £1,200 (plus buyer’s premium) – a high price for a diesel nameplate. Amongst further railway signage, a British Rail (Southern) Totem for Ilfracombe sold for £1,400 (plus buyer’s premium), and a British Rail (North East) Totem for Stockton sold for £1,200 (plus buyer’s premium).


The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £80,995, with 94% of the 494 lots sold.


We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting on 28th November 2018, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.

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