Published 14th April 2017
Professor Brian Cox may have his own hypothesis on time travel, but as an auctioneer I can tell you that there is nothing like the forthcoming Sporting & Collectors Auction to transport you instantly back to any moment in time.
Seeing an original boxed toy in pristine condition instantly brings nostalgic childhood memories of longing for the latest thing. If there is one lot that typifies this and is probably a factor in starting the whole modern generation of franchising and marketing then the original issue 1977 Star Wars Luke Skywalker action figure (£300-£500) is a perfect example. In 1977, the demand for Star Wars toys outstripped the production so even now, 40 years later, figures in their original packaging command high prices at auction.
Music is another example of something that is able to evoke strong recollections and this is also reflected at auction with values for rock and pop memorabilia. Included in the sale is a collection of signed album covers from artist such as David Bowie (£150-£200), Prince (£80-£120), Queen (£50-£70), The Doors (£200-£300) and others.
Nostalgia is an addictive emotion and one that fuels many collectors passions, hence the wide range of lots included in the sale. Railway enthusiasts will be eager to obtain a station sign from the Golden age of Steam, like the L&NWR totem for Wigan station (£300-£400) or even the Southern Railways 'Platform 6' sign (£100-£200). If smaller railways are more your thing then the 3½ inch gauge live steam 4-4-0 engine (£1,200-£1,500) can either stand proudly amongst your collection or pull you around the garden!
As a sporting nation, there will no doubt be a great deal of interest in the Edwardian 9ct gold and enamel Scottish FA medal awarded to Alex Bennett in 1908 (£1,500-£2,000). Considering that many Premier League and Scottish Premier teams had only been established for a few decades and Alex Bennet was the first player to play for both rivals Celtic and then Rangers, bidding could be as tense as a penalty shootout.
Please note that all lots are subject to buyers premium of 21% +VAT @20%.