The latest sale at Aston’s Auctioneers near Birmingham was awash with all manner of toys, from Star Wars figures to frankly frightening looking dolls, to plenty of railway equipment. But as usual, it was the models we were interested in, and the 699-lot sale did not disappoint there.
Grabbing out attention straight away was the Spot-On 1:42 scale Mulliner Coach, with its distinctive red flash. It was described as Excellent/Mint, with an Excellent box. The estimate was a reasonable £260-£340, but the model TOTALLY TROUNCED this, selling for £1,000!
Next, and on a tangent perhaps, we enjoyed the anonymous nature of an aluminium plane – a Hawker Fighter to be precise, measuring 85cm by 65cm, rumoured to be a prototype built by an engineering firm, but bearing no maker’s name. The estimate on this piece was £200-£300, but the jet went on to sell for £400.
Then we were drawn to a stylish tinplate motorbike, courtesy Arnold of Germany. This was No. 560 in the manufacturer’s range, listed as a ‘Touring Motorcycle’, and dating from the 1940s. It was unboxed, but the £100-£140 estimate didn’t deter bidders – the gavel fell at £190.
Finally, a regular favourite in our auction studies, Dinky Toys No. 514, Guy Van, liveried for Lyons Swiss Rolls. This had the dark blue first type cab and mid-blue ridged hubs. It was chipped slightly, but still managed to reach a price of £150. Not bad at all.
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