Batmobile and UNCLE car among vintage toys and model trains set to fetch £1,000 at Staffordshire auction
Childhood dreams are about to come true for thousands of pounds as collections of model trains and die-cast vehicles go under the hammer at a special vintage toy auction. Richard Winterton Auctioneers in Staffordshire are mobilizing for the sale of 440 lots next Thursday, May 12.
One-third of the auction, which will be streamed online and welcome bidders live to the hall, features a Midlands single-owner collection of over 160 trains, including models from Hornby Dublo, Tri-ang Wrenn, Lima, Mainline, Graham Farish, Liliput and Dapol. “This is a wonderfully impressive collection of mostly electric locomotives from the 1950s,” said toy reviewer Jon Price.
“Many OO gauge trains have been rebuilt, repainted, renamed and renumbered, creating many models that you simply cannot buy off the shelf.” Other lots include rolling stock of various gauges and a large collection of spare parts and locomotive wheels.
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The sale at Tamworth’s auction rooms also includes a collectible 1930s Steiff teddy bear and a 1960s tinplate Japanese ‘lunar explorer’, each set to fetch hundreds of pounds. Grabbing the interest of bidders is a special one-owner collection of 1960s and 1970s Corgi and Dinky die-cast toy vehicles, all with original boxes and accessories.
Coming in approximately 40 sets, the collection includes iconic toys from cult TV shows and movies, including the 1960s Batmobile, the Batboat and trailer, Lady Penelope’s car from Thunderbirds, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the Hornet green, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet’s SPV Spectrum pursuit vehicle, UFO, UNCLE Oldsmobile’s man, including a “Waverley ring” featuring Robert Vaughn’s character Napoleon Solo, and Toyota 2000GT car from Aki from the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice.
“This is another impressive collection from one owner that has been treasured by a Midlands seller,” Mr Price added. “This is one of the finest collections of diecasts I have had the pleasure of cataloging and there will certainly be a lot of interest in these pieces at auction.
“All of these models and toys have brought great joy to their owners over the years. “On sale day, there will no doubt be big smiles on the faces of sellers and buyers looking to give these special collectibles a new home, where they can continue to help people make memories. happy.”
The online catalog can be viewed here and the sale starts at 9.30am. The visit to the Church Street auction rooms takes place the day before on Wednesday May 11, from 10 am to 4 pm, by appointment.
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