Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s bi-annual auction of Militaria, Classic Toys and Memorabilia on Saturday broke several house records - thanks to five motor vehicles from the private collection of the late Mr Trevor Clarke, of Beeford.
It was the first time this type of auction had been held live over the internet and more than 200 people from across the world had registered to bid online against almost the same amount of absentee commission bidders.
A 1973 Jaguar E-type realised the highest price at £20,500.00, followed by a 1994 MG RV8 sports car at £11,700.00. An unregistered Triumph Bonneville Steve McQueen limited edition motorcycle, commemorating his epic ride at the end of the film The Great Escape (ironically sold on the week-end of the 70th anniversary of the actual escape from the POW camp in Poland) made £8,250.00 and a 1965 Lambretta TV200 scooter £5,200.
Elsewhere in the sale two ivory bakelite telephones from the 1950’s realised £280 and £220, a ships bell inscribed “R Albion 1869” rang up £270 and a Leica IIIB 35mm camera £220. Musical instruments always perform well with two 19th Century French violins selling for £500 and £380 and a Victorian Lachenal concertina £180.
The guns created a lot of interest with an Italian Bruni blank firing pistol selling for £130, a Diana air rifle £100, two 19th Century percussion muskets £170 and £190 and a deactivated US Carbine £240. General Militaria saw a George III officer’s brass gorget make £600, a World War II RAF air crew flying helmet £220, two 19th Century horn powder flasks £220 and £180 and two World War II German badges £140 and £130.
Highest price for edged weapons was £400 for a Third Reich SA dagger, followed by a Victorian officer’s sword at £250 and a Scottish officer’s undress sword at £250. Medals performed as expected topped by a World War I bronze memorial plaque with trio at £140.
The Classic Toy section got off to an excellent start with a large collection of Meccano making £400. This was followed by another construction toy, Lego, with seventeen boxed sets selling for £180. Highest price of the section was a scratch built wooden scale model of a farm wagon made by the late Bill Waddingham of Beverley which sold for a multiple estimate £650. Amongst the dolls and accessories was an unattributed German bisque head doll which realised £170 and two modern wooden doll’s houses which each made £100 sold to an internet bidder in Athens Greece.
There was strong demand for the diecast models with TV and film related doing particularly well. A Corgi Gift Set of Batmobile and Batboat sold for £250 and a Batcopter £80. A Dinky Lady Penelope’s Fab 1 car made £150 and a collection of eleven Corgi James Bond vehicles £160. Two lots of unboxed and playworn Dinky models realised £170 and £110. A Shackleton Foden clockwork tipper lorry with trailer made £200 and a similar flatbed lorry £190, despite both being unboxed and damaged.
The sale concluded with model railway of various gauges and every lot was sold. Hammer prices were generally in line with estimates but a Hornby O gauge tank passenger set with clockwork locomotive did realise a four times estimate £200.
The next bi-annual sale of Militaria, Classic Toys and Memorabilia will take place on 25th October 2014 and the closing date for entries will be 22nd September 2014.