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As usual, most of the 780 lots were aimed at collectors and dealers on three-figure budgets and priced accordingly – hence a very satisfactory 92 per cent success rate and a total of more than £65,000.

The catalogue itself was equally shrewdly organised – the potential star, a rare Kammer & Reinhardt bisque head doll with blue millefiore sleeping eyes was given the catalogue colour illustration and estimated at £3000-4000.

With its blonde wig on original joint composition body, lace-trimmed silk dress and matching bonnet, the 2ft 2in (66cm) doll was a specialist buy at £3800.

Other dolls included a boxed set of 3in (7.5cm) all-bisque German dolls’ house figures, c.1920, with fixed glass eyes, plaited wigs and jointed composition bodies with dresses and painted shoes, which doubled the lower estimate at £740.

What can only be a brief glance through a pretty comprehensive offering might give dealers and collectors some idea of current prices.

Biscuit tins: a casket-shaped Peak Freans example – £220. Tinplate: a battered Gunthermann Silver Bullet car in equally battered box, £440 and a pre-1939 Hausser Mercedes Wermacht staff car at a surprise £900. Die cast: A Chad Valley Fordson Dextra tractor and a Corgi No.40 two-vehicle Avengers set, each at £320. Model railways: 0-gauge very early Bing live steam set of loco and two carriages in original box, £520; 00-gauge Hornby Dublo 3232 Co-Co diesel loco and boxed brick viaduct, £200, and an N-gauge lot of six Minitrix and Peco locos at £300. Railwayana: BR posters Ireland by R. Lampitt, 3ft 4in by 4ft 2in (1.01 x 1.24m) at £420 and Bexhill-on-Sea, 3ft 4 by 2ft 1in (1.01m x 62cm) at £360. Miscellanea: a 1950s battery-powered painted wood rocket boat by Kokusai Mokei in original box, £380 and two 1851 Great Exhibition paper peepshows at £500.

Andrew Hartley, Ilkley, March 22
Buyer’s premium: 10 per cent + Vat