20 December 2010
The final part of the Horace Dunkley Collection was sold at auction by Vectis in November. ...
Vectis has now completed the sale of the Horace Dunkley Models of Yesteryear Reference Collection, with the second part being sold on 9th and 10th November.
Part I of the sale, held in March 2010, offered more than 2,000 lots of his Code 1 models, where some high prices were paid for many of the rarities including a world record price of £4,900 being paid for a Y 4-4-1A Duesenberg Model J Town Car.
Part II was a more modest sale, comprising a further 2,000+ lots, this time Code 1 and Code 2 models. However, there were still some high prices achieved for what are thought to be more affordable models. For example, on the first day, the Trillium Jaguar Club Canada 2004 No DY1 1967 Jaguar E-type in chrome had a pre-sale estimate of £20 to £50 and sold for £130, while the ‘Hopespring Cancer Support Centre 2002’ Small Town Pick-up Trucks 6-piece set, estimated at £50 to £100, sold for £280.
The second day also had some highlights when a ‘50th Anniversary of Models of Yesteryear’ No Y3 1907 London E Class Tramcar, estimated at between £20 and £50, sold for £170 and a No ATM-14 Indian Motorcycles 1951 Holden 50/126 Pick-up, estimated at £20 to £40, sold for £130.
Horace was asked: “Why was he doing this?” His reply: “For a long time I have often thought I would really like to see what would happen to my collection at auction.” Having attended the sales and meeting with fellow enthusiasts, Horace got the opportunity to see his amazing collection being snapped up by Models of Yesteryear collectors from around the world, a collection which he has developed for many years is now spread far and wide.
Meanwhile, the two catalogues will provide a great reference work for Models of Yesteryear enthusiasts.