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A phenomenal Sale – The David Ireland Collection

Dinky ToysThe David Ireland Collection auctioned on Tuesday 22nd November was, without doubt, one of the finest quality private owner collections ever to come onto the market.

Vectis have, over the past decade, auctioned some exceptional collections from many passionate collectors but what made this sale stand out was quality over quantity. From the 365 lots of Dinky Toys on offer a price of £365,000 was realised making this an average of £1000 per lot.

Dinky ToysMany serious collectors and elite dealers were drawn to the countless rarities in the sale. Along with UK and near Continent buyers there were live bidders on-line and on the phone from Canada, America, South Africa, Argentina, Japan, Dubai and Bulgaria.

The sale got off to a flying start with the first two lots a 22a pre-war Open Sports Car and 22b pre-war Closed Sports Coupe sold for £2100 and £3800 respectively.

With 45 pre-war 28 series Delivery Vans to choose from including No.28a Hornby Trains in orange fetching £9600. As in the Californian Collection in 2008 the Dinky Pre-war 28C Delivery Van “Manchester Guardian” type 1 sold for a high price £5500. No.22 Motor Vehicles Set fetching a record price of £22800, several Fodens achieving over £3000 and a No.513 Guy Flat truck with tailboard in ‘Weetabix’ yellow and mid green, selling for £3800.

Such was the interest in this sale that, instead of taking what should have been just over two hours to auction the 365 lots, the sale was stretched to over four hours with plenty of competition involving all means of bidding.

Needless to say a good result all round with the Vendor, although sad to see his collection go, thrilled that so many of the models are going to like minded collectors who will see their own collections enhanced by such quality models.

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