The market for toys, models, collectables and sporting memorabilia at auction remains very buoyant, as proved by North Yorkshire’s Tennants Auctioneers’ specialist sale on December 9.
The diverse 672-lot sale achieved an impressive 97% sold rate, with a total hammer price of £112,720 – well above the pre-sale estimate.
The top lot of the sale was a Bing live steam horse drawn fire engine, hand-painted in red. Measuring 28cm high, the engine beat its £400-600 estimate to sell for a hammer of £3,500.
Tinplate toys performed particularly well, topped by a CIJ P2 Alfa Romeo in cream which sold for £3,000. Also selling strongly against estimate were a Josef Neuhierl Furth (JNF) clockwork Auto Union Racing Car in silver, which sold for £1,600, a Meccano No.2 Constructor Car, which sold for £900, and a Meccano Non-Constructor Car, which sold for £800. A rare Hornby Speedboat No.1 modelled as a duck sold well too, with a hammer price of £750.
Elsewhere in the sale, a rare Apollo moonwalkers framed autograph montage consisting of autographs of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon sold for £2,300. Included were the signatures of Neil Armstrong, written on an Apollo 11 envelope franked ‘Patrick Air Force Base Jul 24 1969’, and Buzz Aldrin. The lot was sold with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Four lots of French railway posters attracted a good deal of attention, too. The top lot being a group of three posters advertising destinations in Avignon, Saint-Flour and St Lunaire and Longchamp, which sold for £750 against an estimate of £80-120.