The enduring appeal of Corgi models, Britains farm vehicles, Doctor Who memorabilia and Triang pedal cars was clear for everyone to see at our toys and collectibles auction last week.
The top seller was a collection of 11 boxed 1970s Corgi models in the original packaging, which sold for £500. The collection included the 371 Porsche Carrera 6 in two colour schemes, Lamborghini Miura, Beach Buggy, VW1200, Porsche 917, Lancia, Iso Grifo and Rolls Royce Silver Shadows in three colour schemes.
Doctor Who merchandise in the form of a 13cms tall, clockwork Dalek, one of the first toys made associated with the popular BBC series in 1965, sold for £380.
“The Dalek was a relatively fragile toy and it was still in its original box, made from plastic and tin and complete with accessories and key, with working motor,” said toys specialist Stewart Orr. “It was entered in the sale by a Shrewsbury man who was given the toy as a child and it had been kept in the attic at his late parents’ home.”
The first part of a large collection of Britains farm vehicles and lead figures from a Welsh border collector also sold well. Top price in the 20 lots on offers went to 11 farm vehicles by Britains and other makers, including a log waggon and Fordson tractor, which made £460.
A selection of Triang pedal cars in need of restoration also went under the hammer. An interesting Triang ‘North Star’ pedal car, which featured a propeller shaft that drove the rear wheels through a three-speed transmission, sold for £290.
A Triang E Type Jaguar pedal car sold for £240 while three pedal cars in poor condition, including two Triang ‘Bermuda’ type vehicle and a Mercedes 500 SEC, sold for £170. More pedal cars will be included in the June auction.
Other leading prices included £340 and £300 for boxed Hornby Live Steam locomotives, an N. E. 4-6-2 Class A-4 ‘Golden Fleece’ and an LNER 4-6-2 Pacific Class A-4 ‘The Seagull’ both complete with accessories, £280 for a group of three unbuilt DJH model kits, £270 for an 1860 Spratts Horse Racing Game from Linley Hall, near Bishops Castle and £250 for a Ferrari Testarossa 1/8 scale model by Pocher.
Mr Orr said: “Demand for boxed Corgi toys is always very strong and the good news for collectors is that we will include a very good collection of around 200 lots in our next auction on June 1. We will also have a single owner collection of Doctor Who memorabilia, including a full size Dalek, from a North Wales collector.”
Anyone interested in entering toys and collectible for the next auction is urged to contact us on Tel: 01743 450700. Mr Orr holds a free valuation clinic every Monday from 10am to 1pm at our Battlefield headquarters in Shrewsbury.