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Over 5000 toys and movie props to go under the hammer

One of the largest and most diverse toy collections to come on the market for years is up for auction on 21st and 22nd February with Anderson and Garland in Newcastle. 

More than 5000 toys and movie props have been collected by antique shop owner Derek Payne over 25 years. Until recently, many were displayed for the public to see in a Toy Museum on his shop premises in Moffat, Scotland. 

Derek spent decades building up the collection, which ranges from a Victorian Noah’s Ark to modern day film action figures. A variety of Dan Dare items, including guns, figures, books and puzzles, also includes a pristine Ingersoll Dan Dare watch in its original box, which on its own is expected to sell for £300-500. 

There are large numbers of Japanese Robots, many of which are boxed. One of the highlights is lot 1070, an early Robby the Robot manufactured by Masudaya, estimated at £200-300. 

Lot 1778, a full set of 1962 Mars Attacks bubble gum trading cards, is expected to prove popular and go under the hammer for £400. 

Sci-fi related items include numerous original Star Trek costumes, complete with authenticity certificates for characters such as Briam in The Next Generation, Gar from Voyager and a Promenade Alien from Deep Space 9. These have been seen to sell for thousands at auction.

Fans of Star Wars have over 150 items to choose from, in the main manufactured by Kenner, including an At-At Walker and Imperial Shuttle.

Oddities include two Jawas with plastic capes and Snaggletooths in both blue and red – the blue being relatively rare as the toy was originally produced in the wrong colour and had to be remade.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, director at Anderson and Garland, said: “Never before have I seen such a massive collection under one roof. There are over 5000 single items to choose from with price ranges to suit all budgets. 

“The market for mainstream toys like Dinky and Corgi is well known, however demand for nostalgia and the toys of the next generation is stronger than it has ever been. All of a sudden toys like Skeletor and Transformers are appealing to new audiences but aren’t yet widely accessible. It’s a great time to invest.” 

Collector Derek Payne, said: “When I started collecting around 25 years ago my interest was mainly space themed. I was most keen on robots but my interest soon widened when I started to look around.  

“I used to keep everything in the house until I established the Toy Museum upstairs in my antiques shop, the Lothlorien Emporium. There are so many items, I needed more places to display them. 

“I’m getting older now and it’s time for someone else to enjoy all these toys and movie props. It also means there will be room for new things as I intend to keep on collecting!”

Ashleigh Smith
Article by Ashleigh Smith
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