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The Graham Hamilton Ultimate Matchbox Picture Box Collection

Although the weather outside was miserable, the atmosphere inside Vectis Auctions was bright and optimistic. The first day the auction room has been open to the public for 14 months, and what a sale to open with.

The Graham Hamilton Ultimate Matchbox Picture Box collection has drawn interest from across the world, with some even braving the North East weather for their chance to bid in the auction room and feel the excitement first hand.

The room was abuzz with chatter before the sale, with many of the attendees meeting up for the first time since lockdown, a few pictures were snapped and stories swapped.

But they were all here for one thing, the finest Matchbox collection to be auctioned in recent years. The Ultimate Picture Box collection.

Graham and his wife were also in the auction room, watching as his collection was sold to eager collectors.

There was interest across both the internet terminals, telephone bidders from across the world, and of course many commission bids left before the sale even started.

The sale started well with lot 4003, the third lot in the sale, achieving £2,640, to one of those commission bidders.  The sale progressed with many lots achieving four figure sums. However, the first lot to achieve five figures, was Lot 4218, the Matchbox Regular Wheels 13d Dodge Wreck Truck in reverse colours is an interesting and sought-after Lot on its own, however this model came with a fantastic provenance, including a letter and photograph of Ed Fosdick who was Chief Engineer of Design and Safety for Chrysler, which ensured it sold for a fantastic £12,000, and a round of applause!

Another lot with interesting provenance was Lot 4258, the colour trial Matchbox Regular Wheels 15d Volkswagen Beetle Rally Cars’ was previously sold as part of the Peter Smith Collection (prototype model maker for Lesney) at Stacey's on 22nd July 2015, this undoubtedly helped it to achieve a fantastic £6,000.

A very rare Matchbox Superfast 10f Plymouth Gran Fury Police Car (Lot 4176) with 5-arch wheels which match the box artwork, achieved £3,600, against an estimate of £200 - £260.

Lot 4251 a Matchbox Regular Wheels 15c Dennis Refuse Truck Pre-production provided a rare opportunity to buy a relatively early colour trial model, with not only a casting difference to the container hatch but also fitted with smaller diameter 20-tread black plastic wheels, interest in this model meant the £400 - £500 estimate was destroyed at £3,120.

An unusual transitional model with factory spun front base rivet but un-spun rear rivet, Lot 4362, a Matchbox Superfast 22c Pontiac GP Coupe, doubled its lower estimate of £2000 - £3000 to achieve £5,280 and Lot 4396 is another of the 5 models sold as part of the Peter Smith collection (ex Lesney Model Maker & Designer) at Stacey's on 22nd July 2015, the Matchbox Superfast 24d Team Matchbox Racing Car Pre-production trial model which had an estimate of £600 - £800 sold for: £10,200

Day 1 achieved a fantastic £125,000 and had no unsold lots.  We look forward to seeing what Day 2 brings!

 

*Please note: all prices include Buyers premium.

Matchbox Regular Wheels 1e Mercedes LP Covered Truck Pre-production trial model - blue body with type A thin cab steps, without front bumper extension, thin rear tow hook & without rear wheelarch braces, clear windows, chrome grille & smooth base without tow guide, yellow plastic hubs with factory crimped axles - Good with some paint chips and fitted with Excellent yellow canopy which nicely matches the wheel hubs in Excellent to Excellent Plus "New" type E4 box.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £2200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15d Volkswagen Beetle Rally Car colour trial - metallic red body with thick racing number 137 door labels & front bumper Monte Carlo Rally decal, clear windows, ivory interior, bare metal base, chrome hubs with black plastic tyres, model has factory hand punched rear rivet (see extra photo) - Near Mint with chip to drivers door handle in generally Near Mint "New" type F1 box. Provenance: previously sold as part of the Peter Smith Collection (prototype model maker for Lesney) at Stacey's 22nd July 2015.
Estimate: £300 - £400 Sold For: £5000
Matchbox Superfast 10f Plymouth Gran Fury Police Car (Superfast 10c) - black & white body with Police shield door tampo print, mid-blue roof lights, light amber windows, white interior, bare metal base, 5-arch wheels - overall Near Mint but does have a couple of minor black paint marks to trunk in Excellent to Excellent Plus "New" type K box with English & French text to rectangular panel on one striker side, box also has matching model artwork. Very rare model with 5-arch wheels which matches the box artwork.
Estimate: £200 - £260 Sold For: £3000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 15c Dennis Refuse Truck Pre-production colour trial - mid-blue cab & chassis with silver trim & without chassis brace, light grey container without front hole, thin rear opening hatch braces, angled decals, mid-blue base, 9.5 x 20-tread black plastic wheels - cab & chassis are Near Mint, container body Excellent in Excellent Plus "New Model" type D2 box printed by Pembroke Abbey illustrating model without decals. Rare opportunity to buy a relatively early colour trial with not only a casting difference to the container hatch but also fitted with smaller diameter 20-tread black plastic wheels.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £2600
Matchbox Regular Wheels 13d Dodge Wreck Truck - Stannard Code 1 - dark green cab with silver trim and dark green type A narrow crane jibs with grey plastic hook, turquoise green windows, red roof-light, lemon yellow rear body & base with BP decals, 45-tread black plastic wheels with very faint "Lesney England" lettering - Excellent with a few tiny chips in generally Excellent "New Model" type E2 box illustrating correct reverse colour model. Complete with correspondence from Wendy Fosdick of Michigan USA explaining the truck belonged to her father - Ed Fosdick - who was Chief Engineer of Design and Safety for Chrysler (Dodge being part of the Chrysler Corporation). Also included is a Polaroid black & white photograph of Ed Fosdick sat at his desk in 1962 which although a little creased is in Excellent condition. Genuine reverse colour Wreck Truck which displays well and complete with unique cast iron provenance.
Estimate: £3000 - £4000 Sold For: £10000
Matchbox Superfast 22c Pontiac GP Coupe (Superfast 22a) - red body with silver trim & opening doors but without front licence plate extension for tow guide, clear windows, grey interior with plastic door springs, gloss black base, large diameter solid 5-spoke narrow wheels three of which have tread pattern cast one rear wheel without, model has un-spun rear rivet - Excellent with a couple of tiny chips to upper edge of opening doors & rear tail lamps in Good Plus a little creased on one striker side "New" type G box with "TM". Unusual transitional model with factory spun front base rivet but un-spun rear rivet.
Estimate: £2000 - £3000 Sold For: £4400