By the very nature of their work auctioneers learn to expect the unexpected, however even they are taken aback at times by what they find. This was the case with Sheffield Auction Gallery’s specialist valuer John Morgan recently when confronted with a South Yorkshire home; John picks up the story.
“It was late spring this year when I was asked to view the contents of a modest 3 story house and from the moment I opened the door I knew this was not the conventional fare. The gentlemen concerned had some serious collecting habits one of which was model and toy figures predominantly from the early 20 Century and right up to modern times. It is very difficult to say how many because of the style of lifetime collector he appears to have been. 10,000; 20,000; 30,000 and maybe more, with the majority not in boxed sets but as loose examples from the extremely rare to the common with a cataloging and sorting system and reference book collection that showed a real insight into the subject. On display, in storage, in display drawers they were all over the house, sat alongside other collections including toy forts, all fascinating and initially very overwhelming.”
With such a diverse and eclectic collection it is almost impossible to describe it’s content, metal, plastic, composition; military, civilian, animal etc with so many rarities with makers from the fine work of Courteney to Kentoy plastic AA figures and AA box and with prices from £10 to £100’s of pounds and lots from single figures to many 100’s of figures this is one auction well worth detailed inspection.
“This is without doubt one of the most important collections of its type to come to the open market in 2017”, John concluded.
The collection has been split into three parts commencing 19th October 2017 with Toy metal and plastic figures being sold in Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Fine Figure Auction.
Modern Britains and similar plus white metal will be offered in forthcoming Military auctions.
For further information please contact the saleroom office on 0114 281 6161.