A diverse range of items ranging from diecast vehicles to taxidermy dogs were included within Minster Auction’s first Collector’s Sale. The sale has been developed to provide specialist cataloguing of more unusual items that have a niche market and try to group similar items within a single sale, making it easier for their prospective buyers to find and hopefully ensuring items reach their full market value.
The sale commenced with over 230 lots of Toys and Models with a collection of incredibly clean and boxed Dinky and Corgi Toys. Always popular amongst collectors, there was strong bidding on the internet throughout. Lot 51, a Dinky Toys No.505 Foden Flat Truck in a scarce green livery, consigned by a lady from Knighton, romped away to achieve an excellent sum of £580 hammer price. The Gift Sets produced by Dinky Toys in the 1950’s and 60’s were always a luxury toy and commanded a premium price. Produced in low numbers with few surviving in perfect condition, a Number 4 Racing Car Gift Set in fantastic original box and nearly perfect condition was always going to be popular and was therefore estimated strongly at £800-1100. It did not disappoint and after strong internet bidding was finally sold for £1000.
It was not just diecast vehicles that were in demand. Lot 47, a Pocher 1/8 scale Kit of an Alfa Romeo 8c Monza with a Star Wars ‘Return of the Jedi’ Kit, achieved £280 hammer price. Eleven boxed Subbuteo Teams with four modern ones in lot 164 attracted considerable attention, reaching £240 hammer price indicating an increase in demand for this game.
A section of Military items included an interesting group of items belonging to Flight Lieutenant E.G.M. Bond who was shot down over Europe on 10th March 1941. The group included his Uniform with Caterpillar Badge and Diaries and a Photo Album from his time as a Prisoner of War. Always highly desirable, bidding on the lot was competitive with a phone bidder and internet bidder battling it out to a final price of £1500 hammer price.
The area has strong links to game fishing with the Rivers Wye and Usk and their tributaries and has always been a source of vintage fishing tackle and as such has always attracted collectors. This sale was no exception with almost 100 lots of Rods, Reels, Lures, Flies and Books. A smart boxed Hardy ‘The Compleat Angler’ Set in unused condition achieved £480 hammer price after competition between the phone and the internet. An unusual Hardy ‘Filey’ Surfcaster Reel made £160 hammer price.
The sale concluded with the popular Taxidermy and Natural History Section. A fascinating selection of antique cases were on display including a Grey Heron preserved by the Aberystwyth taxidermist James Hutchings, purchased by a Devon private collector for £600. For those with the taste for more unusual fare, a preserved Dog, probably a decoyman’s Tolly Dog went to an American buyer for £420 hammer price.