Moko magic at Bamfords
The house’s March sale was a magnet for Moko-boxed Lesney enthusiasts, with no fewer than 67 examples going under the hammer. These models, not mint but quite acceptable, were virtually all with their boxes and were sold off in groups of three or four in the main: prices realised ranged between £60-120. Of note was the group comprising a No.25a Bedford 12 cwt Van, in blue and with DUNLOP decals and metal wheels; a No.26a ERF Cement Mixer, a No.27b Bedford Low Loader, with pale green cab and tan trailer piece and a No.27c Cadillac Sixty Special, in metallic lilac with grey plastic wheels.
A small number of larger scale tractors from the likes of ERTL, Franklin Mint and Universal Hobbies also sold but once again it was the mainstay diecast manufacturers who drew the punters. A 1967-1968 Dinky Stripey Magic Mini, complete with ursine complement, realised £300; while £100 secured a Corgi No 428 Mr Softee van.
Doll collectors were also well served on the day, with £260 the winning bid on a 1970s Sindy doll with glancing eyes and brunette hair: this lady was attired in a pink and white outfit. In contrast, a Pippa doll with blonde hair and psychedelic green flares was knocked down for £45. Big bucks, though, were needed for the late 19th century/early 20th century German novelty musical automaton group. The Musician and Dancer comprised a Schoenau & Hoffmeister/ Porzellanfabrik Burggrub bisque headed doll, dressed in period costume and holding a lute, with a bisque shoulder head dancer, dressed in a silk dress with lace details. The group was mounted on a box fitted with a musical mechanism and brass crank. Quite delightful, the ensemble raised £750.
The bidding for a Simon & Halbig/Kammer & Reinhardt German bisque headed and ball jointed painted composition bodied doll stopped at £320. She featured weighted sleeping and side glancing blue glass eyes, pierced ears and a blonde wig. ■