Latest News Articles by Tom Derbyshire

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Early railway toys puff into Newbury

25 January 2021

This charming early English-style station below was produced for the export market by German toy manufacturer Märklin.

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Bing model fires the imagination at Tennants

25 January 2021

As with so many other collecting areas recently, the conditions of lockdown – meaning spare money and time for the fortunate – have led to buoyant demand for toys, models and collectables.

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Pelham Puppets galore appear at Devon sale

25 January 2021

An extensive selection of Pelham Puppets came up on the first day of the Piers Motley (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Devon on January 18-20.

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TV legend Gerry Anderson treasure trove brings demand at Surrey sale

25 January 2021

Models, props, scenery and scripts linked to Gerry Anderson emerged for sale at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Send, Surrey at the end of last year.

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Dolls’ house furniture is sitting comfortably

25 January 2021

The collecting market for dolls’ house furniture has been enjoying a boom period if recent prices have been anything to go by.

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Pelham professor makes his mark at British Toy Auctions

25 January 2021

The British Toy Auctions (18% buyer’s premium) sale on January 8 in Runcorn included several Pelham Puppets rarities.

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18th century Neapolitan world in miniature comes to US auction

25 January 2021

It was not uncommon in the 18th century for a doll to be presented within its own miniature doll-scaled world.

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Put your foot on the pedal as Junior Austin sells at H&H Classics

25 January 2021

Auction house H&H Classics (15% buyer’s premium) is best known for selling full-sized vehicles but a smaller model impressed in a recent automobilia sale.

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Dinky Octopus pulls in eager bidders

25 January 2021

A Dinky Supertoys 935 Leyland Octopus flat truck with chains in its original box sold for £8200 at Kent saleroom C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on January 14.

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Sales push: miniature pram and doll among the Kent stand-out lots

25 January 2021

The strong level of prices being paid by collectors for dolls’ house furniture was underlined at a recent C&T sale.

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Collectors answer action figure call to arms

25 January 2021

How did toy manufacturers get boys in the rather less PC 1960s to play with dolls?

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Volvo diecast toy makes 12-times estimate

25 January 2021

This Volvo PV 444 diecast toy is by the Swedish toy distributor Gösta Norén.

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Märklin made for the American market draws major demand

25 January 2021

The cow catcher and bell on this Gauge 1 clockwork loco gives the game away: although made by German firm Märklin, the set was for the American market.

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Toys and models: Homes under the hammer

25 January 2021

Furnished dolls’ houses and accessories in general are proving the most dynamic area of the collecting market

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Let there be light in Staines

25 January 2021

Shown below is a page from another early railway-related work that did well at auction.

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Man City owner was buyer of oldest FA Cup

18 January 2021

The oldest surviving FA Cup was bought by Manchester City FC owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed when it sold at auction last year, it has now been revealed.

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‘Attagirls’ items fly high at two auctions

18 January 2021

Memorabilia relating to members of a pioneering elite group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War soared over estimates at two auction houses.

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Medal awarded to Suffragette who threw a lump of iron at Churchill's car comes up at auction

09 January 2021

How could throwing a missile at Winston Churchill’s car earn you a medal if you were British?

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John Chard’s handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift sells for £140,000

04 January 2021

A handwritten account of the battle of Rorke’s Drift by Lt John Chard of the Royal Engineers, who led the renowned stand against the Zulu attack, sold for a hammer price of £140,000.

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Second World War female pioneering pilots memorabilia soars beyond estimates at auction

29 December 2020

Memorabilia relating to members of a pioneering elite group of female pilots who flew in the Second World War soared over estimates at two auction houses.