Roy Raftery

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Surrey auction house Ewbank’s has launched a dedicated sale of Retro Video Games and Consoles.

The first will take place on November 18. Specialist Roy Raftery is running the sale. Raftery started consulting with Ewbank’s in summer last year and joined as a staff member this autumn.

He is a specialist in collectables including comics, video games and trading cards.

The sale includes nearly 40 years’ of gaming history with the Commodore Amiga 500 the oldest system to be offered.

Raftery said: “We have boxed and fully tested consoles such as the iconic Nintendo 64 and Sega Dreamcast, collections and individual games across many platforms, Japanese imports such as the WonderSwan and even a Panasonic-Q, one of the most coveted gaming systems on the market.”

Ewbank’s said its Sports & Entertainment Memorabilia department took over as its leading specialist department in 2019 with over £1.25m in annual auction sales.


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