05 April 2019
Wallis and Wallis’ March sale covered the spectrum of collectables, with everything from railway rolling stock and accessories through to white metal miniatures.
Wallis and Wallis’ March sale covered the spectrum of collectables, with everything from railway rolling stock and accessories through white metal miniatures, Britains figures and Lesney 1-75 models, as well as Tekno, Spot-on and old favourites Corgi and Dinky.
The title here is slightly misleading insofar as only seven lots of Danish Tekno made the auction – but then, when did you last see multiples of this Danish manufacturer? It was thus a feast for anyone enamoured of these miniatures. A Volvo Amazon in red with a white roof realised £150 but a pale blue VW Beetle, equally desirable, failed to find a new home. Of the rest, the PV544 Sport in beige was also unloved whereas a Saab 96 in light grey with a red interior did find someone happy to fork out £150. High reserves presumably put potential Tekno buyers off, which was a great pity.
Surprise lot of the day was arguably the Dinky Volkswagen (ref 181) that was finished in RAF blue with mid-blue wheels: its £70-90 estimate was way out, for it realised £400. The hammer subsequently fell on £360 for the Ford Consul Corsair by the same maker, this example finished in bright red and with a chauffeur driver. The real gem, though, was the rare Dinky Vauxhall Viva in light metallic blue but without a red plastic interior: a real oddity, and not priced in Ramsay’s because of this, it made £300 – which might turn out to be a true bargain for its new owner!