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Day 2 started with just as much excitement and anticipation. The friendly vibe continued as did the bidding. With the same group in the room, as well as internet and telephone buyers, the appetite for Graham’s collection was great!

Graham is a well-known in Matchbox circles and his collection is highly sought after, buyers know the models are authentic and have confidence in the model they are buying.

The Graham Hamilton effect ensured that even common models such as the "Desert Dawg” Superfast 20f 4x4 Jeep achieved 10 times its bottom estimate, the model which would normally sell at its £10- £15 estimate achieved £120 (Lot 4341 26th May), which our auctioneer would guess would be a World Record.

There were many other lots that achieved World Record prices on day 2 of the sale. Lot 5090 a rare transitional Regular Wheels 31c Lincoln Continental model sold to an internet bidder for £9,600 and a round of applause! and Lot 5091 provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a Pre-production trial model 31c Lincoln Continental, this elusive model was in outstanding condition and sold to a room bidder after a short deliberation, for £15,600, and a cup of strong sweet tea was swiftly sent his way.

It’s not always the model that brings the interest though, Lot 5401 sold for a fantastic £6,240, however the model is quite common, what is rare, and possibly unique about this lot is the box it comes with. This "New" 1971 copyright type I printers proof box was never actually released, with one end flap tab being used by Bowaters for print registration purposes having the numerical sequence 1 through to 56. Although a number of sheets of these boxes would have been printed it is unknown how many have survived and this is possibly the only opportunity to acquire one of these very rare boxes. The Lot also had fantastic provenance, as it was formerly the property of Ron Jobson who was responsible for the majority of artwork both on the boxes and within the catalogues during the late 1960's to 1970's period, it was sold as part of the Ron Jobson Collection at Astons Auctioneers 12/10/2011.

Another suspected world record was achieved for lot 5315, the Regular Wheels 44c GMC Refrigerator Truck which was a factory pre-production colour trial has No.44 cast rather than "GMC" and despite having three scratches to the windscreen it realised a fantastic £9,600 against a £1000-£1300 estimate.

A further model from the Ron Jobson Collection, Lot 5430, was a Matchbox Regular Wheels 50c Ford Kennel Truck, the Excellent model does have factory paint flaws to the hood & cab roof however the "New" type F1 box is signed by the artist Ron Jobson, this undoubtedly helped the lot achieve £6,960, over ten times its £400-£500 estimate.

Graham is over the moon with the result of the auction, our Specialist and auctioneer Julian Royse had estimated the collection in total to achieve £250,000, Graham achieved this and more, in the first two days!

The total from the first two days of the sale is £281,000, and with a further two days expected to achieve a further £100,000 in September this is possibly the highest grossing single owner Matchbox collection to be seen.

 

** Please note: all prices include Buyers premium.

Matchbox Superfast 48c Dodge Dump Truck (Superfast 48a) - lighter shade blue cab & chassis, lemon yellow tipper body, turquoise green windows, chrome base, 4-spoke wide wheels with black front axle clip - Mint in generally Near Mint "New" 1971 copyright type I box with matching model artwork. This is a printers proof box that was never actually released with one end flap tab being used by Bowaters for print registration purposes having the numerical sequence 1 through to 56. Although a number of sheets of these boxes would have been printed it is unknown how many have survived and this is possibly the only opportunity to acquire one of these very rare boxes. Provenance: formerly the property of Ron Jobson who was responsible for the majority of artwork both on the boxes and within the catalogues during the late 1960's to 1970's period, sold as part of the Ron Jobson Collection at Astons Auctioneers 12/10/2011.
Estimate: £600 - £800 Sold For: £5200
Matchbox Regular Wheels 31c Lincoln Continental - Stannard Code 4 - metallic lime green body, clear windows held by punched rivet rather than a spun rivet, ivory interior, bare metal base, 36-tread black plastic wheels - Near Mint with tiny pin size chip to centre of hood in Near Mint to Mint type F2 box. Superb example of this rare transitional issue.
Estimate: £1200 - £1400 Sold For: £8000
Matchbox Superfast 31c Lincoln Continental Pre-production trial model (Superfast 31a) - Regular Wheel sea-green body, clear windows correctly held by punched rivet, ivory interior, bare metal base which has not been zinc plated, small diameter solid 5-spoke narrow wheels - Near Mint with minor mark below rear window & minor mark to passenger front wing in Mint "New" type G box with "TM". Rare opportunity to purchase this elusive model in outstanding condition.
Estimate: £2000 - £3000 Sold For: £13000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 44c GMC Refrigerator Truck Factory Pre-production colour trial - green cab & chassis with thin rear axle braces, metallic silver type A container body with white plastic door & without rear door stop cast, turquoise green windows (not dark green), white plastic grille & base with thin axle braces and without raised detail, base has No.44 cast rather than "GMC" on raised platform - Excellent (unfortunately has 3 scratches to windscreen) in Excellent Plus "New Model" type E4 box with matching model artwork.
Estimate: £1000 - £1300 Sold For: £8000
Matchbox Regular Wheels 50c Ford Kennel Truck - unlisted Stannard Code - metallic green body with textured loadbed (Superfast colour), chrome grille, smoke grey tinted canopy, dark green windows, matt black base, complete with dogs attached to sprue - Excellent (has factory paint flaws to hood & cab roof) in Excellent Plus "New" type F1 box signed by the artist Ron Jobson. Provenance: previously the property of Lesney artist Ron Jobson Lesney artist responsible for catalogue & box artwork from the late 1960's to 1970's period sold by Aston's Auctioneers October 2011.
Estimate: £400 - £500 Sold For: £5800