05 April 2019
Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent auction went very well, according to the auction house’s Peter Rixon
Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent auction went very well, according to the auction house’s Peter Rixon, with around 95% of the lots going to new homes. In particular, the diecast vehicle and model train lots were both sell-out sections.
A small collection of boxed Matchbox 1-75 series models, in variable condition, took a combined £1,120, while five 1/18 scale Formula 1 cars, including four Minichamps Ayrton Senna examples, was bid to a hefty £220. Largest of the locomotives on offer was a well-engineered 5-inch gauge model of the G.W.R. 4-6-0 Manor Class “Torquay Manor.” Substantially finished, but lacking a tender and in unlined green livery, it was battled over between a telephone bidder and the internet before the hammer finally fell on an impressive £1,800. Altogether smaller, but of comparatively early vintage, a three-rail Hornby Dublo No.EDL7, GWR Class N2 0-6-2 tank locomotive fetched £260.
On the military front, an opened but clean and unmade 1/25 scale Tamiya Tiger I Tank kit made £130, while a deliciously dusty Bing tinplate river launch, fresh from a sleepy attic, brought in £550, despite it lacking a canopy and the cabin roof.
A selection of model soldiers included eight boxed Napoleonic-era Trophy Miniatures, which were contested to £260; and a group of mainly 54mm Hinchliffe unpainted white metal figures, which sold for £310.
Amongst the dolls to pass the rostrum on the day was a childhood Sindy collection that was eagerly pursued to £380, while a Jaques Staunton pattern weighted chess set, albeit with some damage, commanded a winning bid of £850.