The auction will take place on 3rd October 2007 at Bonhams’ Knowle salerooms in Solihull, West Midlands.
Until now, it has been Corgi’s policy to retain the first item off the production line for the archive and it is a selection of these ‘Number One’s’ that Bonhams will sell along with prototypes used in the manufacturing process, such has hand-painted resin samples and mock-ups.
The most sought after lots will be the Number One models and collectors can bid for archive properties including models relating to: James Bond 007, Star Trek, Batman, The Beatles, The Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, The Muppets, Dr Who, Starsky & Hutch, Knightrider, Only Fools & Horses, The Avengers and Noddy.
Items from Corgi’s Aviation ranges, such as Spitfires and The Battle Of Britain, will be sold too, along with a selection of classic car models, buses and coaches, commercial, haulage, transport and vehicle ranges.
Corgi will also make one very special lot available at Bonhams’ auction.
The Corgi Golden One lot will guarantee the successful bidder the Number One model from every Corgi Collector die-cast to be released in 2008, comprising over 350 models all certified as the Number One of each release. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a unique collection.
“Corgi has a rich heritage stretching back over 50 years, but this means that our archive has reached pretty sizeable proportions and in order to maintain the archive for the collectors of the future we need to make some room,” said Darren Epstein, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development at Corgi International.
“We felt there was no better way to make space for the next 50 years than to open up the archive and allow everyone a chance to obtain some of the cherished content. Of course we will be sad to see our ‘firstborns’ go but we know that they will be goingto excellent homes.
“We are delighted that Bonhams has chosen to recognise the popularity of a contemporary collectible by supporting this auction. Corgi products are very popular with both hardcore and casual collectors of all ages and this auction is an excellent opportunity for anybody to obtain legitimately unique and highly collectable items that have never been made available before.”
Sale catalogues listing all of the Corgi items to be sold by Bonhams, cost £15 each plus postage and packaging. To order a copy call Bonhams’ Catalogue Subscriptions on 01666 502 200