Dinky Supertoys Big Bedford Van ‘Heinz’ No 923 sells well at Wallis & Wallis

20 June 2011
imports_CCGB_cg-july-2011-1-_57339.jpg Dinky Supertoys Big Bedford Van ‘Heinz’ No 923 sells well at Wallis & Wallis
A hard-to-find variation of the Dinky Supertoys Big Bedford Van ‘Heinz’, No 923, sold for a hammer price of £1,000 at Wallis & Wallis' May auction. ...

As all collectors can appreciate, the difference really is in the detail when it comes to rarity value. A hard-to-find variation will certainly raise the interest and value when it comes to models.

A recent example was to be found in the Wallis & Wallis Toy & Model Auction, held at Lewes on Tuesday 3rd May, where two versions of the Dinky Supertoys Big Bedford Van ‘Heinz’ No 923 were offered.

Lot 709 had the cab and chassis in red with yellow rear body and wheel hubs, complete with original rear doors and grey rubber tyres. It was in very good to mint condition with some minor wear. A nice example, carrying the can of baked beans logo, it made a fair £140.

The following lot was the rarer variety (no pun intended!) with tomato ketchup bottle decals to sides. A very good condition model with minor chips/marks, it sold for a hammer price of £1,000 (to which buyer’s premium of 17.5% + VAT is added).

Among the railway items offered, a gauge 1 LMS black liveried Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 locomotive and tender, No 6102 ‘Black Watch’, sold for £650. This was a quality kit-built model that required completion.

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The sale also included a marvellous selection of HO scale German railway locomotives and rolling stock from the period before and after WWII, representing Part 1 of the David Carpenter Collection.

A selection of 19 Fleischmann wagons plus two Trix vehicles reached £180, with 21 Liliput coaches and wagons reaching the same figure.

Some mixed lots of road vehicles sold for above estimate prices. For example, a quantity of Tri-ang Minic Motorway vehicles, track and accessories climbed to £260 (estimate £80–130) while approx 40 white metal completed and painted bus kits went for £420 (estimate £80–120).

Rarities in the sale included a W. Britain’s Royal Horse Artillery Gun Team set 39A, in very good condition for its age, which sold at a reasonable £300.

A mint and boxed 1950s Sutcliffe Bluebird II tinplate clockwork powered tri-hulled boat reached £460.

The Corgi Toys section featured some good film-related cars including a Batmobile (267), which sold at £140, ‘The Green Hornet’ Black Beauty Crime Fighting Car (268) that made £280, while James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (261) went at £130.

This auction story was first published in the July issue of Collectors Gazette. To see which issues of Collectors Gazette are available to buy online, click here.