17:35 Wednesday 11 December 2013

It's cash in the attic for toy collection's owners


A COLLECTION of 1960s children’s toys left to gather cobwebs in an attic has been dusted off – and valued at £3,000.

The collection, discovered at a home in Hilton, included a model James Bond car and others still in their original boxes.

Now the 18 lots are to go under the hammer at an auction being held next week.

Adrian Rathbone, fine arts manager at Richard Winterton, said: “Lots of toys would have been bashed about by children so to have all of these in their boxes is great.

“The child must have cherished them, perhaps they never even played with them. It’s not very often you get such a fine collection.”

The collection was found during a routine visit to a property in Hilton.

There are 18 lots which are going on sale separately but the whole collection is estimated to be worth between £2,000 and £3,000.

There is a stash of Corgi diecast models, which retain their original boxes.

And included is the iconic boxed James Bond Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, a Batmobile and a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car with four figures.

Mr Rathbone said: “The James Bond car, from the 1960s, has working features.

“It includes a bandit figure, bullet-proof shield and an ejector seat. It’s quite desirable.

“This is worth between £80 and £120.”

But he said the most valuable item in the collection was a gift set No. 17, Land Rover hauling a Ferrari and a Power Major tractor with ‘roadless’ half-tracks – worth up to £200.

Mr Rathbone said: “Corgi and Dinky cars were the two main car-makers in the 1950s and 60s.

“I would encourage readers of the paper to look in their attics and see what they have. They are certainly sought-after models. Most children would have had them.”

“Nintendo computer games are now becoming collectables.

“Whatever the collection, it is better if items are in good condition and boxed.”

The collection of toys is going under the gavel at Richard Winterton’s two-day an tiques, homes and interiors auction on December 18 and 19.

Viewing is next Tuesday, December 17, from 2pm to 7pm and sale days from 9am.

To coincide with the sale, a free valuation day for all vintage toys, model trains and dolls will be held at the Lichfield City Centre Salerooms on Monday, December 16, from 10am to 2pm.

For further details, call 01543 251081.

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