MOVING THE GOODS
What is it? A rare diecast Mercury advertising Model No 88 Saurer van, made for one of Switzerland’s oldest removals companies, Kehrli & Oeler AG, founded in 1904 was on of the lots. Another was a Mercury No.96 BCS 8000L Aquila Tanker.
What makes it special? Mercury models are less well known than the British Dinky, Matchbox and Lesney brands. The Italian company was founded in Turin in
1932 and made toys from 1945 to 1978 when it ceased trading. The long wheelbase Saurer van had opening rear doors and would have been commissioned by Kehrli & Oeler to promote their business.
How much did it sell for? British Toy Auctions, hosted at The Auction Centre in Runcorn, tell me they have enjoyed an exceptional year. The Saurer sold to a German buyer for £850, double its estimate with the Aquila overtaking its estimate of £200-£300, to sell for £380.