Toys are a vital part of every child’s life, but apart from being playmates, the expensive playthings often serve as very good collectible items as well. With time, toy collection has emerged as a passionate hobby among the affluent collectors. We have earlier told you about the world's largest toy collection "The Jerni Collection," by American collector Jerry Greene, and Malcolm Forbes toy collection, which was sold for a whopping $2.3 million at Sotheby's auction. And, now a rare steam-propelled tin plate toy battleship has fetched whopping $122,600 in Berkshire, to become the most expensive toy ever sold in United Kingdom.
At the sale of Special Auctions Services in Newbury, a fierce bidding passion broke out between two of the affluent European collectors, with the auction hammer eventually banging down at $122,600, and this rare toy got sold to an undisclosed collector. As said by auctioneer Hugo Marsh, "As far as we are aware it is the most expensive single toy sold in the UK. Our valuation was between $64,550 to $96,825, so we're delighted."
Belonged to late Ron McCrindell, a toy collector who died in Aug 2011, the battleship toy dubbed HMS Terrible was part of his lifetime collection of toys and trains. This 62cm battleship toy vessel was among the 340 lots of rare toys owned by Mr. McCrindell, which got sold for a total of $459,060. The collector also starred in BBC program, named Ron McCrindell’s Toy’s, in which he sailed this battleship toy on Hampstead Ponds, back in 1972 in north London.
Famous for producing train sets and transportation models, the German toy-maker, Marklin made this HMS Terrible in 1905. And, its design was based on the 1895 Royal Navy ship, which was used during the Boer War.