Collectors Gazette

It's full Marx to Wessex


Over 1,200 lots went through the Wessex Auction Rooms toy sale in February.

Retro gaming consoles did well (a Sega Mega Drive console with a good selection of games made £850) but it was the traditiona­l stuff that still attracted the punters. Exhibiting some light scratches, a boxed SH Horikawa tinplate friction powered Space Capsule in red was delightful at £140, while five large boxed Marx figures (Odin The Viking Chieftain, General Custer, Sir Cedric the Black Knight, Sir Percival the Gold Knight and Sir Roland the Silver Knight) raised £300.

Just over 260 lots were devoted to railway items: a boxed Wrenn OO gauge W2260 4-6-0 Royal Scot LMS in maroon plus a Wrenn 2-6-4 GWR 8230 locomotive made £220; while a boxed Heljan O gauge 4301 43XX 2-60 GWR monogram locomotive realised £280.

The rail section was followed by a useful selection of Mamod and Wilesco steam models (one of the latter, an Old Smoky Steam Roller, sold for £100), before a good number of unmade plastic kits crossed the rostrum: an outstandin­g lot contained 16 Eagle ships, seven by Frog, a Lincoln helicopter, LS kits and an Inpact Flycatcher: they were knocked down for £180.

Amongst the oddities was a boxed Artin Speedtrax four lane slot racing set with all four slot cars; the set resembled Scalextric. This was sold with a boxed TM Modern Toys Junior Phone and a boxed Topper Shoe Shine Ding-a-Ling for just £18. You’d have needed £140, though, for the ten boxed Osbro Donny & Marie Osmond string puppets, which came with a quantity of Acorn Games Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee puzzle games. Plenty of Lego was sold over the course of the auction (£200 was bid on the massive Technic 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator) but surprise of the day had to be the £440 bid on 50 playworn Polly Pocket sets. ■

 ?? ?? You’d be very lucky indeed to find a quintet of these large scale Marx figurines today.
You’d be very lucky indeed to find a quintet of these large scale Marx figurines today.

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