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Rare toys auctioned off
Diecast cars
Tens of thousands of toys, some rare, were included in the auction
One of the largest collections of toys ever to be put up for sale at auction is expected to raise about 1m.

The two-day sale of the 50,000-piece collection started on Wednesday in Buckinghamshire.

It includes tens of thousands of rare die cast toys from makers such Matchbox and Corgi, thousands of toy soldiers and a huge variety of tinplate toys.

The items were collected over 40 years by Ferdinand Zegel, a civilian physicist who worked for the United States Army and died in 2002.

The collection has been divided into 2,000 lots which are being auctioned at the Community Centre in Buckingham.

A lifetime's collection

The lots include a collection of seven extremely rare Dinky 28 series vans expected to fetch more than 20,000.

Bryan Goodall, of Teesside-based auctioneers the Vectis Auction Group, said: "It was a life's work of collecting and is certainly one of the largest collections ever to come up for sale.

"This is the chance of a lifetime for toy collectors all over the globe, because Ferdinand Zegel's collection includes many toys that just don't come up that often."

He added that certain items like the Dinky and Corgi toys would be sold at special auctions over the next few months.

Mr Zegel collected the toys during years of extensive travel through the United States of America and Europe.


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