The owner of an antique Alfa Romeo toy car was left in shock following its sale for an eye-watering £13,640 at an auction on 18th March.
The child’s toy dates back to the 1920s, and is a French clockwork car. An auctioneer from Charterhouse said that he had expected the car to sell for a reasonable amount but that the final bid had surpassed all expectations.
The pre-estimate price had been £3,000 to £5,000, as previous similar cars had sold for this amount. However, a fierce bidding war between collectors took place and the final bid soared.
According to Richard Bromell, an auctioneer, over the last 30 years he has seen just a few of the tinplate Alfa Romeo cars and they generally sell for around £3,000. He believes that the unusual colour may be one of the reasons for its higher price. Being lavender, it differs from the typical silver, red and orange cars he often sees.
On the day of the sale, a collector drove from Ipswich to Sherborne, Dorset to take part in bidding on the internet from Australia. However, there had been many other interested parties and 10 telephone bidders were also competing for the car. One bidder was on vacation and had left his office to bid on his behalf. He eventually placed the winning bid and secured the toy car.
The antique car may be an attractive addition to a child’s bedroom, perhaps combined with antique bedroom furniture found at a local dealer.
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