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Toys, Models & Collectables Sale Preview

8th July 2020.

The Toys, Models and Collectables Sale at Tennants Auctioneers on 5th August comprises an unusual mix of modern and vintage toys and models, and a range of collectable items including Part III of the Tom Stanley Collection of Shipping and Airline Memorabilia. Highlights from this extensive collection include a group of Lusitania Medals (estimate: £80-120 plus b.p.).

Live steam locomotives top the sale, with a “Hielan Lassie”, a Kit or Scratch Built Live Steam 3 ½” Gauge Locomotive finished in green as BR 60113 offered with an estimate of £3,000-4,000 plus buyer’s premium. Offered at the same estimate is a very rare Schoenner Gauge II Live Steam Black Prince Locomotive, finished in black as 1502 Black Prince with accompanying tender, both in good condition.

A small private collection of TippCo toys are also of note. TippCo was founded in Nuremberg in 1912 and are known for making the finest military tin toys and many years later the owners formed the more familiar Corgi Toy brand in the UK. Amongst the lots on offer are three toys from a golden age of aviation:  Hindenburg Airship is offered at £400-600 (plus b.p.), a Graf Zeppelin Airship at £250-350 (plus b.p.), and a R100 Airship at £150-200 (plus b.p.). Also in the collection is a TippCo Hitler Mercedes, which comes with four seated figures and two standing figures of Hitler and Rommel (estimate: £500-700 plus b.p.).

Continuing the aerial theme, a bequeathed collection of scale model diecast aircraft is to be sold, appropriately, on behalf of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This will include models from the Corgi Aviation Archive, a series of aircraft spanning 100 years of military sky warfare. The majority of the die-cast Corgi Aviation Archive models are of World War II aircraft and are being sold in group lots starting at £70-100 (plus buyer’s premium) in aid of this vital Yorkshire charity.

Also of note is an original artwork in watercolour and ink by Nick Park, the animator, director and writer who created the likes of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run. The cartoon depicts five farmyard animals and is being offered with an estimate of £500-800 (plus buyer’s premium).

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