Oil giant BP hit the headlines again last month – but not because of oil leaks in the ocean. Halls auction house in Shropshire sold a Matchbox Dodge Wreck Truck bearing the BP logo for a record breaking £1,800 on 6 August, to an internet bidder in Hungary clearly unconcerned with the public’s perception of the oil giant these days.

The model was something of a colour trial – with its green cab and yellow trailer – the version that eventually went into mass production had the reverse colour scheme. ‘Only a handful of the green cab models were ever produced, as Matchbox decided to issue the yellow cab model instead,’ said Stewart Orr, Halls' toys expert. ‘The vendor received the rare model as a gift from a nephew of the founder of Matchbox Toys some years ago.’

Ninety per cent of lots on the day sold, with 120 people registered to bid online from countries as far away as Australia, including 50 at www.the-saleroom.com/halls website.