11 December 2018
Diecasts at Vectis' November sale threw up some more interesting lots, with prices to match…
On to diecasts at Vectis and a November sale threw up some more interesting lots, with prices to match…
The Dinky 25k/250 streamlined Fire Engine was an attractive lot and this one ran on smooth hubs with those lovely traditional white tyres. Underneath was a tinplate base and it was complete with a crew of six tinplate figures. Only fair, it still looked good and several people wanted it, so the upper estimate £80 was quickly passed, the engine realising a hot, hot, hot £264.
Another Dinky, the 39c Chrysler in Saxe blue with silver trim, was fitted with maroon ridged hubs for contrast. Only good (bear in mind its age!), it remains a hard to find issue. Vectis reckoned that £100-120 might do the trick but its rarity pushed it to £720.
For sci-fi fans, the Budgie Toys 272 Mike Mercury Supercar was listed as being in excellent condition overall and came with the bonus of a yellow, black and red carded picture box. Some chipping on the wings was noted (a common fault with this model) but that didn’t put off the Gerry Anderson fans. Estimated at £120-150, it zoomed away to achieve £408.
Back on terra firma, the P.R Models Savon Ambre Le Chat delivery truck, finished in two-tone green and yellow, was complete with its cat figure. Overall condition was near excellent and it came with a generally good carded picture box. It purred off to make £432, well over double its estimate.
From China came the MF Toys No 826 friction drive Airport Limousine in cream and green with interior detail. A side door was fitted with a latch and featured an automatic opening action. Dating from the 1960s, this near pristine example carried some bright plated parts and ran on rubber tyres. Just under a foot long and contained in a card box with a colourful illustration to the lid, this charming van won over the audience, who pushed it to £312.
Finally, someone fell in love with an empty box (someone always does). In this case it was a Dinky No. 157 Jaguar XK120 Coupe trade box that was described as good to good plus. It’s hard to value such items, so the stab at £50-70 seemed reasonable - yet this airy carton actually realised £132.