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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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Transparencies bring to light the secrets of a French work

09 January 2023

Les Portes Fermées ou Les Doubles Surprises, a rare and tiny French work of c.1820, sold for £1600 at a Newcastle auction.

Led Zeppelin album cover

Vectis Auctions launches new departments

19 December 2022

Vectis Auctions is expanding into new categories and has added three new departments.

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ATG letter: It is such a pity that these Troika moulds are now separated

12 December 2022

The collection of the original Troika moulds, referenced in ATG No 2564, failed to find a buyer in our monthly auction in October.

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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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Shelley’s Art Deco icon makes a punchy price in Newcastle

05 December 2022

Shelley first introduced the geometric Vogue and Mode shapes in 1930 – both the designs of Eric Slater who had worked at the factory since the end of the First World War.

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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.

Casey Lane

Featonbys moves to Newcastle and rebrands

28 November 2022

A Tyne and Wear auction house has relocated and rebranded.

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Coper and Rie studio pottery supply stays healthy

31 October 2022

Ceramics by Hans Coper (1920-81) and Lucie Rie (1902-95) have been assimilated into the collecting sphere of Modern British art with spectacular effect.

Troika moulds

Controversial sale of original Troika moulds to finally go ahead

17 October 2022

The original moulds from the Troika Pottery, kept in storage since the 1980s, come to auction at the end of this month.

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Comics galore on Tyneside

12 September 2022

Newcastle auction house Anderson & Garland is holding The Comics Auction on September 28-29.

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Sheila Fell work climbs to third-highest price

12 September 2022

One of the highest prices for a work by Sheila Fell (1931-79) came at Newcastle saleroom Anderson & Garland’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Country House & Fine Interiors auction.

Minton teapot

Buyer shells out for a tortoise teapot

15 August 2022

Among the most desirable examples of Victorian majolica is the series of whimsical teapots produced by factories in the second half of the 19th century.

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Head to Hexham midweek

25 July 2022

This display of copper and pottery pieces is from one of Colin Caygill Events’ busy monthly midweek antiques and vintage fairs run in Northumberland in the market town of Hexham.

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Cygnus takes flight in Berwick

27 June 2022

Named after the Cygnus swan constellation on the Milky Way with a nod to the White Swan Inn nearby, a shop in Berwick-on-Tweed is certainly looking starry since it opened in mid-June.

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Eighties toys that young at heart today would love

09 May 2022

To mark the new range of Star Wars toys that came with the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, the Leicester firm Palitoy commissioned a series of hand-built and hand-painted store displays to send to some of its best retailers.

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Stork flew from planes to cars

02 May 2022

Top price among a selection of car mascots offered in Newcastle came for a design in honour of the French aviator George Guynemer.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pick of the week: First look at Sydney Harbour Bridge

04 April 2022

Cyril Arthur Farey (1888-1954) was one of the most renowned British architectural draughtsmen of the 20th century.

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Ecclesiastical Mouseman commissions emerge at Northumberland sale

07 March 2022

Ecclesiastical commissions are integral to the Mouseman story – it was the friendship between Father Paul Neville and Robert Thompson that led to the work at Ampleforth College – but in commercial terms these can be relatively difficult pieces.

Tinplate ‘Bing Brake’ car

‘Bing Brake’ brings a big result on Teesside

07 March 2022

The latest Tinplate & Specialist Toy sale at Vectis (20.83% buyer’s premium inc VAT) in Stockton-on-Tees included this large-scale tinplate clockwork vintage car by the Gebruder Bing factory of Nuremberg.

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