What a great sail! Model battleship fetches £89,000 at auction to become Britain’s most expensive toy
A rare model battleship became Britain's most expensive toy yesterday after it sold for a staggering £89,000 at auction.
The HMS Terrible model is steam-powered vessel which was made by German toy-maker Marklin in 1905.
Special Auction Services in Newbury, Berkshire, were hoping the 63cm-long ship would fetch £60,000.
But a fierce bidding frenzy broke out between two European collectors - with the hammer eventually slamming down at £76,000 in front of a stunned audience.
The buyer’s premium bumps the price up to £89,000, the same as a brand-new Aston Martin costs.
Hugo Marsh, auctioneer at Special Auction Services in Newbury, said: 'It is the most expensive thing we have sold.
'As far as we know, it the most expensive single toy ever sold in the UK. We’re extremely chuffed with the result.'
The toy, which was an 'interpretation' of the 1895 Royal Navy ship used in the Siege of Ladysmith during the Boer War, was part of a collection of toys and trains which belonged to Ron McCrindell.
It was one of 340 lots of toys owned by Mr McCrindell, who died in August 2011 aged 91, that were being sold by the auction house.
Source: Daily Mail