Crime pays at C&T Auctions
On behalf of C&T Auctions, Glen Chapman writes that the two day sale, held over October 2-3, was a great success, with toys fetching a total hammer price of £140,000.
Day one included trains, a comprehensive toy boat collection as well as a bus collection, together with (the seemingly omnipresent) Star Wars and Transformers sets. Highlights of the day included a hammer price of £2,250 bid on a Bing gauge 2 live steam 4-4-0 locomotive. A rare Sutcliffe 1922 Cabin Cruiser also sailed into the auction room, and gainsaid any who feel that nautical toys have no following: this early example from the famous boat manufacturer caught the offshore breeze, and fetched a healthy £720. Tacking close behind this gem was a Sutcliffe Yacht, circa 1934-36. Again a rarity, this one sold for a cool £680.
As for those modern toys that many will have tossed away by now, a Hasbro G1 Transformers Deception Air Commander Starscream really had the audience on the edge of their seats. If you threw yours out, then too bad, for this particular lot sold for an astonishing £2,000.
Day Two saw a fabulous selection of diecast toys pass across the rostrum, including a lovely Corgi Toys No 238 Jaguar Mark X. Finished in metallic blue with a yellow interior this sped off to make £480 for its seller. A Corgi toys No 267 Batmobile sold for a very healthy £880 whilst the sought-after and ever-popular Corgi Toys Silverstone Gift Set realised a high £5,200 when the bidding finally closed.
Oh, and back to that title: an example of the Tri-ang Tommy Spot on Cops and Robbers gift set also appeared and went to a new home for a £700 ransom.