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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Early 19th century transformation game makes changes for comic effect

30 January 2023

An early 19th century transformation game featured at Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) in Nottingham as part of a January 17 sale.

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Bungalow was filled to the brim with a remarkable collection of toys

23 January 2023

A remarkable collection of dollhouses, dollhouse furniture and juvenilia was sold in London towards the end of 2022.

Dinky toy van

Pick of the week: Dinky labels drive demand to high level

16 January 2023

Models produced for promotional purposes usually benefit from considerable rarity value and so it proved when a Dinky toy came up for auction at Stockton-on-Tees saleroom Vectis.

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Famous owner of Steiff bulldog boosts toy value

16 January 2023

A collectors’ timed online sale at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) included a group lot of early 20th century juvenalia owned by a key figure in Second World War naval intelligence.

Great Yarmouth Punch and Judy figures

That’s the way to do it if you buy Punch and Judy at auction

05 December 2022

Punch and Judy shows in Britain date back to as early as 1662 – recorded by Pepys – with origins in the charismatic 16th century Italian puppet Pulcinella.

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Young Victoria, the doll version

05 December 2022

Lucy Peck ran The Dolls’ Home, a successful business that opened in Regent Street in London in 1893.

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Toys and collectables: Renowned enthusiast's collection causes a stir at Cheshire saleroom

05 December 2022

Such was the renown of toy collector the late Jack Tempest that when his collection came up for auction many of the bidders who flocked to the sale on November 10 recognised a lot of the items on offer.

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Lesser-known manufacturers play their part in the toy market

05 December 2022

Forget names such as Palitoy, Britains, Dinky, Sindy, Bing and Marklin for a moment – recent auctions have shown the demand that can exist for lesser-known manufacturers and brands in the toys world.

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“We had lots of interest – he had everything going for him": Early Steiff teddy put in the picture

05 December 2022

This wonderful photo taken in 1914 shows the Coghill family plus a rather hairy friend: a rare large Steiff centre-seam teddy bear c.1906.

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Action stations for a three-day auction

05 December 2022

Over the course of 35 years Andy Houldsworth amassed one of the largest collections of Action Man and similar action figures in the UK.

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Prices by the power of Grayskull

05 December 2022

In 1981 the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, began his fight against the evil Skeletor to save the planet of Eternia and protect Castle Grayskull.

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Holy automatons, Batman – it’s a Japanese robot!

05 December 2022

Nomura was one of the biggest Japanese toy makers post-war and is now particularly renowned among collectors for mechanical toys such as robots.

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Japanese robot is a diamond pleaser

05 December 2022

Shown here is one of ‘very few known’ examples of Yonezawa’s c.1962 Diamond Planet Robot – the largest tin windup robot produced, 10in (24.5cm) high.

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Super four figures for a space car

05 December 2022

This Japanese ‘Super Car’ tinplate vehicle is an unlicensed model, probably based on the Supercar vehicle from Gerry Anderson’s 1960s UK television series.

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The fashion doll before Barbie courtesy of Madame Alexander

05 December 2022

Bertha Alexander Behrman – aka Madame Alexander – was probably destined to be a doll maker.

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Toys, teddy bears and dolls fest is back – three years on

28 November 2022

To quote toys specialist supremo Daniel Agnew, ex-Christie’s teddy bear auctions, co-organiser of the annual 'London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair: 200 Years of Childhood': “It’s like being in a museum where everything is for sale.”

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Moxon Junior shaped up to be a talented son of Joseph

10 October 2022

Illustrated here is a complete deck of James Moxon’s ‘Geometrical’ cards, each bearing figures of scientific instruments and dating from the mid-1690s.

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Toys steam away from Australian museum

26 September 2022

Davidson Auctions in Annadale, New South Wales, Australia, is dispersing the contents of the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum.

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Trio sought after in specialised areas

26 September 2022

The sales at Stride & Son (21.6% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Chichester on September 1-2 included a trio of avidly contested items, each a rarity in three highly specialised collecting areas.

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Bidders track railway model maker Beeson

26 September 2022

Revered in the world of railway modelling, the name James Stanley Beeson (1906-90), better known as Stan Beeson, attracted well-heeled collectors and specialist dealers to Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale on July 27.

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