Doctor Who collection sells for £2,500
A huge collection of Doctor Who memorabilia, which ran to around 300 items, sold for £2,500 at auction this week.
Top selling lot from the collection was a full-sized Dalek, one of the most feared foes of the Doctor in the popular, long-running BBC television series, which sold for £520 in our successful toys and collectibles auction.
The Dalek had become a star attraction in the reception at our headquarters for the past couple of months with Doctor Who fans turning up to have selfies taken with it.
The collection, which was in mint condition, belonged to a collector from Llandudno who was fascinated by the television series and had been collecting for more than 20 years. Other to prices from the collection were £180 for 15 Doctor Who annuals and £130 for a collection of 10 Daleks by Dapol.
“Although some of the items dated back to the 1960s, a lot of them were fairly modern,” said toys specialists Stewart Orr. “The collection was in mint condition and most of the items had never been out of their boxes.
“The owner was pleased with the prices realised at auction and we were delighted to offer the collection for sale. We were very encouraged by the result, which will hopefully attract further collections in the future.”
Continuing the sci-fi theme, a 1977 boxed Star Wars Death Star by Palitoy sold for £220. “Because it’s made of cardboard, there is low survival rate for this toy, which was one of the earliest Star Wars toys,” explained Mr Orr.
The second part of a huge collection of Britains lead farm animals from a Welsh border collector, which extended to more than 1,000 figures, again proved popular with collectors as it sold for £2,600.
Three rare Dinky toys also sold well. A 1964 Dinky Supertoys white Leyland Octopus tanker with plastic wheels, one of just 500 made for Corn Products, which made sweeteners for the food industry, sold for £520, a Foden Flat Truck in a rare colour combination made £440 and a Pullmore car transporter in dark blue made £300.
Mr Orr explained that the Pullmore car transporter usually had a dark blue cab and light blue body but this example was completely dark blue. “It might have been a mistake in the factory or they might have run out of light blue paint during production,” he said. “Whatever the reason, the colour makes it very rare and collectable.”
A Corgi Toys gift set, comprising six Chipperfields Circus models in its original box, sold for £320 and a handmade wooden carved model of a stagecoach, four horses, driver, co-driver and pistillion with a figure of a highwayman sold for £500.
“Overall, I was delighted with some very strong results which showed that the market for traditional Dinky toys is bearing up well,” said Mr Orr.