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Rare doll and Marvel comics top Mitchells auction lots

A 100-year-old French doll and a comic book collection, including Marvel, were the top-selling lots at Mitchells vintage and antique toys sale last week.

Matchbox models and a Victorian rocking horse also fetched good prices.

The late 19th or early 20th century French bisque-headed SFBJ Jumeau doll, wearing an original blue dress and leather boots, was expected to sell for £40-60, but has surprised bidders by eventually selling for £420.

The best-selling lot was a box of around 300 comics, including Marvel’s Wolverine and The Uncanny X-Men, which also sold for £420.

Another box of around 150 comics including all of Marvel’s ‘The Uncanny X-Men’ series sold for £320.

300 comics, including Marvel’s Wolverine and The Uncanny X-Men

Other valuable lots were a small restored Victorian dapple gray rocking horse which fetched £400, an N gauge track layout including fairground and Ferris wheel and a group of 25 boxed Matchbox models including the 1-75 series and other diecast models both sold for £240.

A stationary engine, raised on a black metal base, bearing a plaque inscribed ‘W Foreman & Sons’ also fetched £240.

The best-selling teddy bear was an early 20th century Steiff measuring 25cm tall, with an “FF” button on the ear, a short-haired light brown mohair body and boot button eyes that sold for £200.

News and Star: Steiff from the early 20th centuryEarly 20th Century Steiff

A 1920s/30s German teddy bear and an early 20th century English teddy bear, possibly from Farnell, both fetched £160 each.

An unusual Victorian handcrafted doll in the form of a wooden skittle sold for £180 and a 19th century composition wax shoulder head doll standing 80cm tall with a brown colored wig and wearing a lace dress violet for £150.

Among a selection of military model kits were three ESCI 1:72 scale model kits ‘Arnhem, The Last Bridge’, ‘El Alamein, The Desert Battle’ and ‘Tobruk Afrika Gate’ which sold out £170 for all three. A Crescent Toys No.1224 ‘Deep Sea Diver’ set including a diver, air pump and recovery tools, in a green cardboard box worth £150.

News and Star: A mid-century wooden pinball machine with a glass top and wooden legs makes £160A mid-century wooden pinball machine with a glass top and wooden legs is £160

A group of seven British tractor models, including Deutz-Fahr, Ford, Renault and Massey Ferguson, sold for £150. A mid-century wooden pinball machine with a glass top and wooden legs cost £160.

Model locomotives and trains for sale included a Hornby 00 ‘Orient Express’ box train worth £150, a Hornby Stephenson G100 steam locomotive with track sold for £100, a Graham Farish N class A4 gauge’ Sir Nigel Gresley’ locomotive and tender which fetched £65 and a Hornby 00 DCC Ready LNER Class A4 ‘Mallard’ locomotive and tender sold for £48.

Registration for the Spring Sale of Antiques and Works of Art from March 23 to 25 will close on February 22.