In fact Vectis
Auctions are seeing higher prices paid than ever before.
spokesman said: "Although it has been steamed and there is some paint loss to the lower part of the boiler, it is in excellent condition and comes complete with its original box.
With its piercing blue eyes, the Bru Jeune Bebe Helene Alicia doll, dating back to the 1880s, had a pre-sale estimate of between PS6,000 and PS8,000 at Vectis
toy auctions in Thornaby.
Some of Craig Stevens' Palitoy Star Wars Collection which went under the hammer at Vectis
Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union at Southern Vectis
walked out in protest at plans to impose a pay freeze.
Auctions will be on hand to give valuations and advise to anyone with an old heirloom and Broadway Bears and Dolls Hospital will help with any repairs and restoration required.
Bryan Goodall, chairman of Vectis
Auctions, which organised the sale, described it as incredible.
Bryan Goodall, chairman of the auctioneers Vectis
, based in Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham, said, 'This is a unique find of toys and historical material which has set the collecting world on fire.
Valuer David Nathan at Vectis
auctioneers on Teeside, whoa re handling the sale, said: ``There are a number of rare or unique lots among the 500, with several that will probably go for thousands of pounds.
A spokesman for toy auctioneers Vectis
said: "Loose figures sell for pounds 2 at car boot sales.
Bryan Goodall, chairman of the Vectis
group which staged the auction in Buckingham, said: `` In the week of the budget it just goes to show that people are investing in toys for the future.
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