James Bond toys to be sold at Stockton’s Vectis auction house

One of the world’s finest collections of James Bond toys is about to go on sale on Teesside.

The collection, which is expected to fetch over £75,000, is the fusion of decades of collecting by one European enthusiast.

Among the items up for auction at Vectis Auction House are board games, guns, briefcases, model cars and figurines.

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The Stockton-the auction house will sell the lots at an auction on Tuesday August 9th.

Andrew Reed, toy specialist and James Bond expert, was stunned when he first saw the group.

Image: Vectis Auction House

He said: “This sale is nothing short of world class. We see James Bond collectibles daily, here at Vectis, but it’s the rarity and condition of this band that makes it so special. This is a phenomenal opportunity for James Bond fans to add pieces rarely seen on the open market to their collections.

The auction includes items dating from 1962 to the present day with estimates ranging from £50 to hundreds for a single item.

Pieces such as board games, guns, briefcases, model cars and minifigures will be offered to the more eccentric vanishing blood set “Vanishing Bleed”, from camera guns to a bullet lighter .

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The iconic Aston Martin DB is well represented with a Corgi 270 model having a pre-sale estimate of £260-£320, a Japanese tinplate version at £400-£500 and a more unusual Bobsleigh model at £300 – £400.

The Echo of the North: Photo: Vectis Auction House Image: Vectis Auction House

A Secret Agent is not fully dressed without a weapon and several versions appear – a £400-£500 Lone Star Snipers Rifle and a £400-£600 KSS Secret Agent Gun to name but a few.

There’s even a Scalextric slot car set in its original 1960s box, which, due to its superb condition, commands a pre-sale estimate of £800-900.

The date is particularly significant as it coincides with the 60th anniversary of the launch of the film version of Dr No, and the first time Sean Connery strutted his stuff on screen.

The film adaptation of the Ian Flemings James Bond book series was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R “Cubby” Broccoli, and directed by Terence Young, “Dr No” set the standard for all spy films that have followed.

The Echo of the North: Photo: Vectis Auction House Image: Vectis Auction House

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