Auction of toys and other collectables exceeds £64,000

Top lot of the sale was this 19th century German wooden Noah's Ark, complete with animals, birds and people in pairs, which reached a hammer price of �5,200 after a telephone bidding war between prospective buyers. (S)
Top lot of the sale was this 19th century German wooden Noah's Ark, complete with animals, birds and people in pairs, which reached a hammer price of �5,200 after a telephone bidding war between prospective buyers. (S)

MORE than 300 toys, models and collectables have gone under the hammer at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn.

The auction with 323 lots took place on Friday, May 25, producing a total sale of more than £64,000.

The packed room and telephone bidders were joined by more than 100 toy enthusiasts who were following the sale online.

Model trains and diecast vehicles once again proved to be the backbone of the sale, with a fine quality Maxwell Hemmens one-inch scale live steam model of a traction engine making £2,600 and a scratch built five-inch gauge live steam 0-4-0 No 4 Locomotive ‘Bayard’ going for £2,200.

But the top lot of the sale was an impressive 19th century German wooden Noah’s Ark, pictured, complete with animals, birds and people in pairs, which reached a hammer price of £5,200 after a telephone bidding war between prospective buyers in the USA and the UK which was won by a London-based buyer.