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Something to Bing about?

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The Wallis and Wallis February sale included two interesting lots by Bing, to wit the Miniature Table Railway set 1 and set 2. Both hailed from the 1920s, the former including a LMS 0-6-T locomotive plus three coaches and track whilst the latter featured a GWR 2-4-0 OO gauge locomotive, together with three coaches, station and other rail side accessories. Both were described as being good to very good condition and both were boxed. Bing, being one of the great names in tinplate, is sought after and the smaller set made £150, the bigger example doubling that figure.

A hefty £240 was bid to secure the oil painting by Keith Woodcock; this depicted an RAF Tornado GR1 taking off in an early morning scene that was covered in mist. A very evocative rendition, it was signed by the artist.

Settling on £100 was a very attractive example of Autoart’s 1/18 Jaguar XJ13: this boasted great engine detail on the powerful V12 and was complete with a faithful reproduction of the cockpit, even down to the fire extinguisher.

An oddity that cropped up in the sale was the Tri-ang dolls’ house from the company’s Ultra Modern range. Looking very Art Deco in its architectural details, this item featured four rooms and came with a verandah, hall and garage. Metal framed windows helped the realism, as did the inclusion of fireplaces, working electric lights and even the crazy pacing laid outside. Quite delightful, this made £60, which surely had to be something of a bargain, given today’s house prices?

A top bid of £230 was required to take home a rather unusual Dinky Toy. This was the No 980 Horse Van that was finished in maroon and was a US market issue. Seldom seen on these shores, this example was almost mint, exhibiting only a couple of minor chips.

And so to the television and film ties-ins: for any Man from UNCLE fans, the Corgi Oldsmobile Super 88 is a must, particularly if it is finished in something apart from the standard metallic violet/blue. The most collectable example has to be the white/cream version (not sure why such a colour was marketed!), which was destined for sales overseas. The Wallis item was virtually mint, with just a couple of tiny chips noted, and importantly it came with its box, inner packaging and the plastic Waverley ring. Altogether a delightful example, the bidding finally stopped at £300.

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