16 January 2012
The Vectis auction of the David Ireland Collection, held on 22nd November, lived up to the expectations that it would be one of the finest quality private owner collections to be offered for sale. ...
The Vectis auction of the David Ireland Collection, held on 22nd November, lived up to the expectations that it would be one of the finest quality private owner collections to be offered for sale.
There were some 365 Dinky lots on offer and together these realised a total of £365,000, averaging an amazing £1,000 per lot!
Such was the interest in these high quality lots, which included numerous rarities, that the time taken to sell them stretched to more than four hours, about twice the usual rate for such sales.
In addition to the UK and European bidders attending the sale, there were live bidders online and on the phone from America, Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Dubai, Japan and South Africa.
The sale got off to a great start with the first two lots, a 22a pre-war Open Sports Car and 22b pre-war Closed Sports Coupé, selling for £2,100 and £3,800 respectively (all prices include buyer’s commission).
There were 45 pre-war 28 Series delivery vans to choose from including a No 28a Hornby Trains in orange, which reached £9,600. As in the Californian Collection in 2008, the Dinky pre-war delivery van ‘Man-chester Guardian’ Type 1 sold for £5,500.
Several Fodens achieved more than £3,000, while a No 513 Guy Flat Truck with tailboard in ‘Weetabix’ yellow and mid-green sold for £,3,800. A real achievement was the record price of £22,800 for a No 22 Motor Vehicles Set.
Following the sale the vendor commented that while he was sad to see his collection go he was thrilled that so many of the models were going to like-minded collectors who will see their own collections enhanced by such quality models.
Vectis added that while it has auctioned some exceptional collections from many passionate collectors over the past decade, what made this sale stand out was quality over quantity.
On Friday 27th January the Model Railway Sale relocates from its usual Rugby venue to Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, and includes a large collection of Continental HO gauge models together with UK OO gauge models from Airfix, Hornby, Lima and Mainline including some limited editions.
PICTURED This Hornby Series Modelled Miniatures No 22 Motor Vehicles Set sold for a record-breaking £22,800 (including buyer’s commission).