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Tinplate trucks prove attractive

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Warwick and Warwick held their diecast, model soldier and toy auction on 221 March. In all, there were 304 lots from which to choose in this the auction house’s second event of the year.

The toy section featured some gems, notably a Tri-ang Minic Push and Go Interplanetary Research Unit. There’s another version of this toy about, and when complete, it is a real joy to behold. The Warwick and Warwick example was superb, with all the vehicles and components present, and with the bonus of a good box, and it went on to realise £480.  

Other interesting toys included a tinplate Bing Fire Station with two fire engines, which also sold for £480. And still on tinplate, a rather attractive Wells pre-war clockwork Shell BP Tanker certainly drew the crowds; some keen bidding propelled the toy to a creditable £492. Another Wells item (or possibly Minerva) took the form of a Lyons Confectionary delivery van, which drove away to make a stunning £564.  

On to the model soldiers section. Highlights included an attractive Britains French Groupe De Debarquement Naval set, which was slightly unusual, with figures and vehicles: this finally stopped at £252. Another lot for the Britains fan took the shape of a lead 21st Lancers set (No. 94), which achieved £120.  

As for diecast, all the usual suspects were present. Corgi’s Rocket Age models are highly collectable and Warwick and Warwick’s Gift Set was eagerly pursued all the way to £384. That other Corgi staple, the circus model vehicle, was represented by a lovely Chipperfields Circus gift set (No. GS23): all present and correct, with wildlife, this example sold for £360.  

We can’t omit Dinky, of course, and in this section was yet another example of domestic advertising in the shape of a Guy Robertson’s Golden Shred van. Always saleable, this found a new home for just under £200. A companion piece relating to that Great British Favourite, Heinz, took the form of the Big Bedford. Not perfect, but still very collectable, it was bid to £144. Finally, another hot item from Dinky was the Leyland Octopus Flat Truck with chains. This model, whatever its colour scheme, always seems to do well at auction and in March, it was no exception to the rule, with model No. 935 selling for a whopping £900.

The next Warwick and Warwick diecast, model soldier and toy auction will be held on 16 May.

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