The story starts with a family trip, by one of our directors, Fred Wyrley-Birch, to a christening in Scotland. Needing a place to stop, they picked the town of Moffat. Aware that there was a Toy Museum attached to an antique shop in the town, Fred decided to pop in, “More for my amusement this time, rather than that of my two-year-old daughter!” Whilst looking around, he enquired as to whether there was an honesty box that he could put some money into. Fred then struck up an interesting conversation with Derek Payne, the owner of the antique shop (pictured above) The Lothlorien Emporium. Derek revealed that he had amassed the Museum collection and had put it upstairs, because he needed a large space to display it.
Not knowing Fred's occupation he commented “I’ve been looking to sell the collection, but I’ve been struggling to find a local Auction House to acknowledge my calls or come out and look at it”. It was only then that Fred broke cover as our toy specialist, with an offer of help. After a lenghty chat and in depth trawl through hundreds of objects, Fred obviously impressed Derek with his depth of knowledge, therefore, it was decided that Anderson and Garland was the perfect Auction House partner to take is life-long collection to market.
The Collection was sold over two-days and was widely viewed around the world thanks to our internet marketing, targeted advertising and live bidding. It even attracted celebrity interest !!
It took four removal wagons to transport the collection to Newcastle. Once there, it was painstakingly catalogued by the team over two months. Spanning approximately120 years of toy history, the collection was particularly interesting, thanks to the strong selection of Sci-Fi toys, a large proportion of which were boxed, or in original packaging.
When the hammer fell on the final lot of the sale, the collection had fetched a staggering total of nearly £100,000.
Cragston Moon Explorer, by Yonezawa, sold or £350 Grandstand Convertors, sold for £450
Robby the talking Robot by MT Masudaya, sold for £720 Marx 1963 Big Loo Giant Moon Robot, sold for £380
Ben Kenobi by Meccano, sold for £680 Yan Solo miscarded, sold for £880 Droids Boba Fett sold for £780
Full sized Dalek from Doctor Who, sold for £400
Starcom vehicles by Mattel and Coleco, sold for £320 Tyco Dino Riders, sold for £420
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