15 April 2011
Hartley’s twice yearly Toy Sale was held at Ilkley on Saturday 12th March and proved that collectables are still very much in demand, with older diecast and metal figures exceeding expectations. ...
Hartley’s twice yearly Toy Sale was held at Ilkley on Saturday 12th March and proved that collectables are still very much in demand, with older diecast and metal figures exceeding expectations. The majority of the 790 lots offered found new homes, producing a total of £77,000.
The highest price in the sale went to an extensive collection of Meccano, mainly in green, red and brass, amounting to more than a No 10 set in quantity, and all in unused condition. This reached double its estimate at a hammer price of £1,800.
The star lot of the diecast section was a mixed lot of 26, mainly early, Dinky Toys models, mostly playworn or repainted, but including a well preserved 1930s 22b Sports Coupé in yellow and blue, plus two rare mechanical horse box vans. The result was a hammer price of £1,500.
Despite being in down-at-heel condition, there were strong bids for a collection of Britains Racing Colours of Famous Owners. There were four boxed items, two jockeys with one leg each, seven further horses, five jockeys (with a total of eight legs between them!) and seven box lids in various stages of decline. Despite the fact that all the paintwork was poor, £600 was achieved.
The tinplate section was also interesting with a group of four Tri-ang Minic clockwork models, including an open tourer complete with petrol can, driver and three passengers, making £430, while an early Bing clockwork tramcar, c.1915, made £500. A J40 Austin pedal car sold at £1,100.
Interest in the first selection of Pelham string puppets bodes well for the rest of the single-owner collection that appears in the 1st October sale, with one set of four puppets reaching £1,300. Dolls, teddy bears, O and OO gauge model railways, boats and scale models were also featured. In the latter section, a 1in scale Maxwell Hemmens coal-fired agricultural traction engine sold for £1,550. A huge collection of photographs of buses and coaches compiled between 1965 and 2008 by Barry Newsome of Calderdale, all well annotated and with boxes of colour slides plus other extras, sold for £950.