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.

Great Western Railway brass cased drum clock

Full steam ahead: 5 pieces of railwayana available at auction this week

15 August 2018

Railway-related items remain one of the staples of the collectables market, with rarity and links to locomotive history among the key factors determining demand. Here ATG selects a small group of items from the healthy supply of lots on offer at two auctions taking place this week.


Grand Prix car in garden shed

16 July 2018

Found in a garden shed during a house clearance, this unrestored version of a classic c.1950 pedal car, below, attracted bidders online, on the phones and in the Wolverhampton rooms of Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on June 22.


Pick of the Week The Byne Ladies will stay together

25 June 2018

Three 18th century English carved and painted wooden dolls, in the same family for over two centuries, were sold at Specialist Auction Services of Newbury on June 19.

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Very rare 17th century English doll turns heads to sell for £9500 at North Yorkshire auction

08 June 2018

Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, not to mention being just 5.5in (14cm) high, a doll caused a considerable stir at auction with six phone lines and internet bidders all desperate to succeed.


Why Bing is the toy train in-thing

21 May 2018

Called to look at some toy trains in the home of a lady who had recently died at a great age, Special Auction Services (17.5% buyer’s premium) specialist Hugo Marsh was surprised to be shown two early and rare Bing items. They had been collected by the lady’s first husband and stored away since he was killed in the Second World War.


Cars are the sale stars

21 May 2018

Two targets for clockwork toy car collectors on the occasions they appear at auction are the CIJ Alfa Romeo P2 racing car and the Gunthermann model of Captain Campbell’s Blue Bird. Good examples of both came up for sale recently.


Homage to the teddy bear

21 May 2018

Described as a ‘homage to all things teddy bear’, the second Teddy Bear Festival runs in the Sculpture Gallery and grounds at Woburn Abbey.


Vintage toys walk down the avenue into New Jersey auction

14 May 2018

Three sessions devoted to antique and vintage toys over two days take place at RSL Auctions in New Jersey on June 2-3.


Dolls head to Norway and Australia

14 May 2018

The belief that porcelain dolls are somehow sinister has taken hold in recent years – and doubtless the appearance of the rare bebe pictured below rather reinforced the bias of some who viewed the Heliers (18% buyer’s premium) sale at Blackburn.


Mount your own Everest ascent

02 April 2018

In answer to the question “why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” mountaineer George Mallory, who died on it in 1924, famously replied “because it’s there”.


Tri-ang sell-out auction strikes a blow for the traditional toy market beyond Star Wars and Lego

30 March 2018

Despite Lego and Star Wars hogging the headlines when it comes to high prices paid out recently by toy collectors, the ‘old school’ has struck back to land a blow for more venerable brands.


Stampex award goes to Ephemera Society member

12 March 2018

Ephemera Society member Robertino Poposki has been awarded the silver prize in the ephemera class at the Spring Stampex 2018, organised by the Association of British Philatelic Societies.


Terrific line-up of Tri-ang and Brit toys

05 March 2018

A single-owner collection of Tri-ang and other British toys will go under the hammer in what has been described as the largest of its type to come to auction.


Pick of the Week: German ark’s animal magic

26 February 2018

German-made painted wood Noah’s arks, appealing to folk art and toy collectors alike, don’t get much better than the mid- 19th century example sold at Bonhams Knightsbridge.


Toys talk is serious business for Cirencester vintage fair

19 February 2018

Antiques dealer and fair organiser Marcus Potts is an Art Deco and early 20th century ceramics man, but he is an absolute mine of information on vintage toys.

Dolls' house

Government issues export bar for Georgian dolls’ house in hope of finding UK buyer

03 February 2018

A Georgian baby house or dolls’ house has been barred from export in the hope a buyer in the UK can be found.

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Large collection of toy robots marches into Wiltshire auction

18 January 2018

If you worried about robots becoming a threat to jobs, or even to humanity, look away now. If you are, however, fascinated by the more benign impact of toy robots, then keep on reading about a Chippenham Auction Rooms sale.


Sasha dolls play their part at auction

15 January 2018

Must-have Christmas presents in the Sixties and Seventies, Sasha dolls have remarkable appeal today.


Sizeable bids for steam loco toys in Trains Galore sale

15 January 2018

Whatever chaos faces hundreds of thousands of commuters on the railways as we enter the New Year, the better-ordered world of model trains steams on to continued success.

Marklin battleship

Unique Märklin battleship brings international competition to specialist toy auction

05 January 2018

The early tinplate boats produced by the German firm of Märklin are among the most sought-after items on the wish-list of vintage toy collectors.