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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Pick of the week: Chess set bidders make their moves

10 June 2024

It was on March 1, 1849 that Nathaniel Cook, the editor of the Illustrated London News, registered the design that would provide the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess with its first standardised set.

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Star Wars figure becomes most expensive vintage toy

07 June 2024

Boba Fett action figure takes toy record from a diamond-wearing Barbie doll

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Chess set inspired by 1980s strike goes on display at National Coal Mining Museum

04 June 2024

Pieces feature key political figures such as Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock

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Displays stand out at auction even without a toy

27 May 2024

The importance of an original box in good condition to the value of a toy is well known. But what about a display without any toy in sight, box or no box?

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Model aircraft used to instruct earliest aviators goes to auction

15 May 2024

The model of a Blériot XI could be the earliest surviving aeronautical training model in existence

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Rocket-launching Star Wars action figure expected to make sky-high price at auction

07 May 2024

An action figure that never was will be going under the hammer this month.

Doll automaton

Doll raises the baa at specialist auction

06 May 2024

This rare 1880s Jean Roullet ‘Le Berger Watteau’ shepherdess with lamb automaton starred when the second part of one of the largest doll collections on offer in recent times went under the hammer.

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Tinplate landscape viewed as worth four times estimate

22 April 2024

Toy specialist Lankes (25% buyer’s premium) in Döhlau, Germany auctioned the extensive inventory of the private museum in Prague belonging to Ivan Steiger, who is equally well-known as a caricaturist and a collector of toys.

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Eye on an Object: dominoes made by Napoleonic prisoners-of-war

22 April 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Lovely bubbly: Snappy is a happy dragon

08 April 2024

Snappy the Happy Bubble Blowing Dragon is a scarce battery-operated toy made by Marx in Japan in the 1960s.

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Collector who just loved Schuco toys

08 April 2024

Canadian saleroom offers 180 lots from group amassed by a big fan of the German toymaker

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A Steiff teddy bear is among seven lots to watch

01 April 2024

With estimates from £60, here are seven previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Thundercats Tongue-A-Saurus grabbed by eager bidder

04 March 2024

As with many 1980s toys, the Thundercats range was produced to accompany a TV or film series.

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Dolls from full house dubbed a ‘collector’s dream’

04 March 2024

What Special Auction Services (20% buyer’s premium) in Newbury billed as “the largest and most valuable doll collection to been seen at auction for 25 years” went under the hammer on February 22 with a further slice to come in April.

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‘Patience and taste personified’: more lots from the outstanding Ann and Gordon Getty collection

12 February 2024

New York auctioneer remembers Ann and Gordon Getty as the latest lots come to market

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Bear fair with a hospital

05 February 2024

Bear in mind 'Hugglets Bear Festival: The World of Teddy Bears' which runs on Sunday February 25 at Kensington Town Hall in London W8.

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Much sought-after Star Wars Jawa figure from 1978 takes £15,000 at auction

28 January 2024

One of the most coveted Star Wars figures is the Jawa figure by Palitoy with the original vinyl cape.

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Extensive dolls collection came from house where whole rooms were crammed full of displays

22 January 2024

Special Auction Services is selling what it bills as ‘the largest and most valuable doll collection to been seen at auction for 25 years’.

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The 70s to 90s: ‘People are buying their childhoods back’

22 January 2024

The appeal of more modern toys for the latest collectors buying based on nostalgia for childhood playthings was underlined by a large group of Transformers offered at Special Auction Services on January 17.

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Doll maker and fashion house come together to create a limited edition

22 January 2024

As well as being an artist’s model and gallery owner who founded the museum dedicated to the work of the sculptor Aristide Maillol, Dina Vierny was also known as a collector of antique dolls.

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