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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK
All revved up for 1m toy sale
More than 1m is expected to change hands when one of the world's largest ever toy auctions gets under way.

Auction cataloguer Andrew Reed
Cataloguer Andrew Reed predicts massive interest in the auction
The 50,000-piece Zegel collection includes the largest number of die cast models ever offered for sale and features thousands of Dinky and Corgi toys.

The collection is being auctioned by the family of the late Ferdinand Zegel, a civilian physicist who worked for the American Army, and who died in 2002.

The sales, to be held over the coming months, are being organised by Teesside auction house Vectis, whose staff travelled to America to ship the items back in two massive containers.

The collection also includes 30,000 rare die cast toys from makers such as Matchbox and Tekno and thousands of toy soldiers and other toys of varying size and description.

The first sale will be held on 10 and 11 September in Buckingham, when a collection of rare Dinky 28 series vans will be sold along with a set of six "modelled miniatures" that were the forerunners of Dinky Toys and made around 1933.

Bryan Goodall, chairman of 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.

"The family decided to sell the collection in the UK because it has become the focal point for toy sales around the world and because many collectors look to us to find items that they are seeking.

"It is so big we estimate that it will take at least six sales to do it justice and certain items like the Dinky and Corgi toys will be sold at special auctions that we announce over the next few months."

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