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In pictures: antique toy sale

Two Sacul and Wend-Al, Muffin the Mules, part of lot, circa 1950 Estimate:  200-300 (the lot)  (Christie's Images)

The Mike Williams TV Toy, Lead Figure and Game Collection at Christie's offers a glimpse of a world with BBC Home Service and only one channel on TV.

Luntoy Bill and Ben The Flowerpot Men set, circa 1952 Estimate:  part of lot 200  300 (the lot) (Christie's Images)

Among the 300 lots in the sale many of the characters from Watch With Mother are represented. Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men are accompanied by Weed.

Pelham Puppets Mickey and Minnie Mouse, part of lot, 1960s Estimate:  200-300  (Christie's Images)

Collector Mike Williams said his toy collection began when he bought figures from a flea market and found they strongly evoked a "bygone era".

Reynolds 'The Bumblies' , Estimate:  350-500  (Christie's Images)

Michael Bentine, best known for The Goons and Potty Time, started his TV career in 1953 with The Bumblies. These lead figures have an estimate of 350-500.

Chad Valley Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1938 Estimate:  700 -1000  (Christie's Images)

Many of the toys show the influence of transatlantic entertainment. The auction takes place at Christie's in London on 26 March.




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