17 December 2010
Two Mattel Hot Wheels shop display stands, each with 50 first-type Hot Wheels cars with ‘redline’ wheels, were hotly contested at Aston’s sale at Dudley on Saturday 6th November. ...
Hot Wheels shop display stands hotly contested!
Two Mattel Hot Wheels shop display stands, each with 50 first-type Hot Wheels cars with ‘redline’ wheels, were hotly contested at Aston’s sale at Dudley on Saturday 6th November.
These stands were part of a mixed collection of 1960s and 1970s toys which had belonged to a former Palitoy UK sales representative.
Some of the cars with the display stands were suffering from slight corrosion, but this did not seem to matter to collectors keen to make a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
Many phone lines were booked and several collectors in the US were waiting eagerly online for the two lots. However, a determined collector in the room bid against several strong bids left as commissions. Proceedings began at £1,500 on commission bids – to secure the first lot of £4,000. The result was greeted by a round of applause in the saleroom. The second lot was secured by an American collector for £3,800 on a commission bid.
Other Palitoy highlights included a collection of the company’s (and others) trade/wholesale catalogues from the 1960s, which sold for £420; an Action Man Sailor with HMS Belfast hat (only 60 of these hats are known to exist), went for £340; a Palitoy sales rep’s wooden case sold at £300; and a photograph album containing black and white photos of various doll shop displays around the UK in the 1960s, made £220.
The Palitoy items in this sale were submitted by Pippa, the daughter of the former Palitoy UK sales rep. Pippa was born just prior to the release of the Pippa fashion doll series, and it is believed that the doll was named after her as a result.
Another unusual item in the sale was a 1930s steam-powered boat by the ‘Clyde Model Dockyard and Engine Depot – Contractors To The Admiralty’. Despite being in poor condition, it sold for £480 to a steam enthusiast who intends to restore it.