Models, Toys, Dolls & Games

Collecting toys will undoubtedly evoke nostalgic memories of a long-gone childhood – from die-cast models (including Dinky Toys and Corgi), model railways, toy soldiers, dolls, teddies, games and general juvenilia, such as Meccano and LEGO, there is wealth of choice in this collecting area.


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Chessboard checks into Bath fair in a selection of toys and games

18 February 2019

A selection of toys and games at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair proves that antique playthings have their place as both decorative items and collectors’ pieces.

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Teddy bear and doll in one at Pennsylvania sale

28 January 2019

A two-in-one purchase, this Simon and Halbig bisque-headed doll comes with its own teddy bear in a 550-lot online-only auction of toys and past playthings.

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Seven fabulous gadgets and machines to buy at auction

25 January 2019

Contraptions from the past can be fascinating, whether designed to save time or entertain.

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Salerooms steam in with toy treats

14 January 2019

Christmas has little, if any, effect on collectors of vintage and antique toys, but that doesn’t stop auctioneers mounting festive season specials.

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Four vintage toys sold in US auction including rare German skittles set

13 December 2018

Around 1400 lots were offered in Bertoia’s mammoth auction of vintage toys in Vineland, New Jersey, including seasonal playthings for Halloween and Christmas.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Steiff teddy bear all dressed up for a wedding

10 December 2018

This very rare bear shown below made a very high price for such a small fellow – just 14cm (5½in) high.

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Child’s play also for grown-ups: a look at the toys and games market

10 December 2018

Originally given as presents to infants, early dolls, rocking horses and even board games can now inspire passions among collectors far surpassing the delight of children on Christmas morning and far exceeding most doting parents’ budgets.

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Rocking horse gallops to fine auction finish

10 December 2018

A rare rocking horse by one of the top 19th-early 20th century makers, FH Ayres of London, left quite a lot to be desired but raced away at Adam Partridge’s (15% buyer’s premium) Macclesfield sale on November 23.

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19th century doll comes with trunk of clothes too

10 December 2018

Believed to have been in the same family since new, a rare 19th century Jules Steiner doll and her trunk of clothes demolished the estimate at a wide-ranging sale at Lawrences (22% buyer’s premium) at Crewkerne on November 16.

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German doll looks pretty good in original clothes

10 December 2018

Despite some condition issues, such as composite body, right hand thumb missing and slight damage to fingers and feet, this bisque head Kämmer & Reinhardt 109 doll sold for £3900 at Hansons (20% buyer’s premium) on November 23.

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Five toy and model lots to watch out for at upcoming auctions

27 November 2018

A selection of lots coming up in either dedicated toy and model auctions or sections within larger sales.

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Poignant teddy bear taken to the front features in First World War exhibition at fair

29 October 2018

One of the highlights of the upcoming International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair: 200 Years of Childhood at Kensington Town Hall will be an exhibition of toys to commemorate the centenary on November 11 of the end of the First World War.

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Sandown Park event develops a taste for the continental

29 October 2018

The toy fair at Sandown Park in November is usually “the busiest one of the four we hold there each year”, says Barry Potter, founder in 1979 of BP Fairs, which first launched at this racecourse venue 31 years ago.

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Why plastic can also be fantastic when it comes to toys

15 October 2018

Plastic has gained a bad name when it comes to the environment – clogging up oceans for a start.

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Prototype for rare Bauhaus children's game offered in Berlin

08 October 2018

A rare example of Bauhaus design is coming up for sale at Bassenge in Berlin in the auction of October 16-18.

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What to buy: Four top lots from French journalist’s vintage toy collection on offer in Fontainebleau

02 October 2018

Louis-Roland Neil (1925-2018) was an influential French journalist and pioneer in the audio-visual world – the man who bought 'Colombo' and 'The Persuaders' to French television viewers. But he had another passion – collecting antique and vintage toys.

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Airfix artwork brings bidding at specialist toy auction house

24 September 2018

For most enthusiasts of Airfix’s plastic construction kits, it was the company’s dramatic box artwork that caught the eye when choosing the next model to make.

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More puppets make their mark as latest lot more than trebles estimate at Edinburgh auction

12 September 2018

Following puppet-maker John Blundall’s entire collection being auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull through a series of sales, another rare puppet set more than trebled its estimate last week.

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Britains' Lancers ride to £11,000 result

10 September 2018

Considering that W Britain began making his revolutionary hollowcast toy soldiers only in 1893, a set dating from just three years later certainly deserves the tag ‘early’.

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