Models, Toys, Dolls & Games

Collecting toys will undoubtedly evoke nostalgic memories of a long-gone childhood – from die-cast models (including Dinky Toys and Corgi), model railways, toy soldiers, dolls, teddies, games and general juvenilia, such as Meccano and LEGO, there is wealth of choice in this collecting area.


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Go through the keyhole to find special appeal of 19th century doll’s house

13 July 2020

A 19th century doll’s house sold for £8500 at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) – but its real appeal came from what was inside.

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Portobello dealer’s collection of kitchenalia and more proves a sell-out at Newbury auction

06 July 2020

Joan Dunk (1930-2019) was a Portobello Road market stalwart. Her stall, for decades an outside pitch on the corner of Westbourne Grove, was affectionately known as IDA – the trade name of an early 20th century German kitchen equipment manufacturer which she adapted to mean ‘Interesting Domestic Appliances’.

Airfix Attack Force

Sought-after Airfix set stars in our pick of five auction highlights this week

03 July 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes an Airfix scale model Attack Force battle set complete in its original packaging that made over 30-times estimate in Suffolk.

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Chad Valley toy rises to the saleroom challenge

08 June 2020

The Chad Valley tinplate toy 'The Climbing Miller' is based closely on an earlier ‘gravity’ toy called 'Gustav the Busy Miller' that was one of Lehmann’s most popular issues made for close to 50 years in the pre-war era.

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Collection from Portobello Road market trader comes to Berkshire auction

03 June 2020

The house contents of Portobello Road market stalwart Joan Dunk (1930-2019) is to be sold in Newbury next week.

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Pick of the week: Dinky cars made up of parts in South Africa add up to £6500 result

01 June 2020

South Africa leaving the Commonwealth in 1961 had serious consequences for British exporters – particularly when withdrawal was followed by imposition of an import tax on luxury goods.

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Pow! Batman poster and toy are hits

04 May 2020

Well before the darker Batman film versions of directors Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan there was a more innocent era of Batman on the big and small screens.

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Top deck among the cards

04 May 2020

Gambling memorabilia and playing cards provided the twin attractions of a sale held by Potter & Potter (20% buyer’s premium) of Chicago, where the day’s top lot proved to be a famous book with a local imprint.

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Ocean liner and trolley buses offered in New Jersey from tin toy collection

27 April 2020

Bertoia Auctions’ large spring sale of antique toys, trains and banks in Vineland, New Jersey, takes place on May 7-8.

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Specialist dealer plays his cards right with new website

27 April 2020

Dealer Timothy Millett, a specialist in historical medals and associated works of art, has launched a website to sell greeting cards based on images of some of his favourite objects.

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Lizzie: the biggest and best Hornby loco

27 April 2020

Appearing in 1937, a couple of years after the locomotive itself was launched, the LMS Princess Elizabeth was the biggest and best locomotive that Hornby ever made.

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Pick of the week: Mah-jong set that counts for a lot

30 March 2020

The popular Chinese game of mah-jong is a relative newcomer.

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Sale drives towards a sell-out

23 March 2020

With just five of the 630 lots of toys and models failing to get away and an £80,000 total well above top hopes, Special Auctions Services’ Newbury sale was, said auctioneer Hugo Marsh, “just like the old days – even better”.

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Subbuteo space oddity soars in Essex saleroom

16 March 2020

Among the rarest of all Subbuteo games invented and manufactured by Peter Adolph in Tunbridge Wells are those without a sporting theme.

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Four-figure bids for a Victorian des res in miniature

16 March 2020

The first specialist sale of dolls and dolls’ houses at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) of Bury St Edmunds was based mainly around a single collection.

Sony-Nintendo PlayStation gaming console

‘A pivotal piece of video game history’: PlayStation prototype from failed Sony-Nintendo partnership draws huge bidding in Texas auction

11 March 2020

A prototype of the PlayStation has sold for $300,000 at auction in Texas. The 28-year-old gaming console, offered by Heritage Auctions as part of a sale in Dallas this week is thought to be the sole survivor from 200 made during a failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo in c.1992.

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Curious man as the moon automaton shows his face in Pennsylvania

24 February 2020

The antique toys sale at Morphy in Denver, Pennsylvania, on Mar 10-11 includes an array of French automata with creations by makers Leopold Lambert, Gustav Vichy and Jean Roullet.

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Fishy Pelham footman puppet pulls the strings at Hansons

17 February 2020

The Fish Footman puppet is among the most sought after of the entire back catalogue of Pelham Puppets.

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Selection of playing cards to suit all buyers

17 February 2020

Star turn among some 120 lots of playing cards offered as part of a Stroud Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale was the last to be offered. A complete set of Charles Hodges’ Astronomical Playing Cards, it sold online for £3000.

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Märklin pioneer plane offered at auction in Germany

10 February 2020

This clockwork monoplane manufactured by Märklin in 1914 was one of numerous early 20th century tin toys made by German manufacturers to celebrate the achievements of the early pioneers of flight.

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