Greetings one and all!
Well, after an absence of five months from the Forum, it saddens me that my first Post since August 2018 has the subject of disposing of my collection of roughly 900+ Dinky Toys and Dinky Supertoys, plus a small collection of Corgi Toys, Hornby-Dublo and Wrenn railway boxed items. The image below was taken on 6 July 2007. Since then 750 models have arrived in my care, as well as a number have been sold. I have reached the stage whereby I have come to realise that we all are not immortal, especially yours truly. Next month I have several procedures lined up - a "minor" heart operation followed by a hernia one, the latter caused no doubt by carrying heavy boxes of Dinky Toys!
I have mulled over this dilemma for many months now, and acting on the wishes of The Better One, I am having to take action to sell everything, "so that our daughters do not have to worry about it".
I am currently investigating the cost to ship the collection to the UK, and initial advice is that "it ain't cheap", with an alternative being to auction the collection through an Australian auction house. I have already "lined up" two auction houses who have expressed an interest in handling the sale, should I proceed with sending the collection to the UK. These companies are located in the south of England.
I will also be disposing my considerable collection of ephemera, from price lists, catalogues, advertising/press releases, signs, Meccano Advice Notes, Order Forms, factory photographs, etc, etc.
If the reader of this Post is a member of the DTCA, I am prepared to listen to any reasonable offers for individual or multiple items, before the collection gets swallowed up in a commercial selling facility. So, if you are interested, make it known, if need be by writing to me direct through the association, the models that are of interest, and I will advise by return whether my collection includes your needs. (Not sure how this works with privacy being supreme these days.) There is also the possibility of somehow the Association getting involved with it handling the sale with a small percentage of the final outcome being retained by the DTCA to further the interest and preservation of Dinky Toys. So, we should all start talking!!
This is obviously unchartered territory for me, so things are rather "fluid" as to how the final outcome will be.
Finally, all my childhood Dinky Toys are not included. I would like to see these pass down to my grandson (or grand-daughter if she is interested!) with the hope that these will remain within the family, as a link with me and my Mother and Father who were the most generous and loving parents anyone would wish to have,
Bruce H. (150)