Vintage toy collection sells for £227,000 at auction

78-year-old, Raymond Hainsworth offered his collection of Dinky and Hornby toys up for auction last week, and had expected it to sell for up to £250,000.
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A collection of around 3,000 toy cars and trains has sold at auction for £227,000.

78-year-old Raymond Hainsworth offered his collection of Dinky and Hornby toys up for auction last week, and had expected it to sell for up to £250,000.

Built up over the course of 50 years, the highlight of the hoard was a black and white Dinky lorry in the corn Products livery, which sold for £6,960, including commission.

The Skipton resident has revealed that, despite nearly reaping £230,000 for his collection, that the sale has left him feeling saddened.

“I am a bit sad now. It didn’t affect me at first but I am missing my collection now,” he said.

However, Mrs Hainsworth – who also loved collecting – feels she has her house back, now the toys are gone.

“The trains were all over and it was like a toy museum,” she added. “The O gauge trains were on all the pelmets in every room. It’s a lot tidier.”


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