Vectis toy robot auction exceeds £46,000

Andy Reed, die cast specialist at Vectis Auctions holds Robot Lilliput from Japan, a wind up robot from 1939 Image copyright PA
Image caption A Robot Lilliput made in Japan in 1939 sold for £2,280

A collection of almost 1,000 robot toys has sold at auction for more than £46,000.

One of the biggest sellers was a 1939 Japanese Liliput figure which fetched £2,280.

A Japanese Batman sold for £792 while a model of Flash Gordon's rocket car reached £600, both above their estimated value.

The collection was sold during a four-hour long auction at Vectis in Thornaby.

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Image caption Flash Gordon's rocket fighter was released in 1939 in America and sold for £600

Auctioneer Andy Reed said bids came in from around the world.

He told BBC Tees: "It would have been a good day if it was between £30,000 and £35,000, so it's far exceeded that and I'm sure the vendor will be really happy.

"Anything from Australasia, Japan, or America had a lot of interest in bidding and a lot of them really had to fight it out to win some of the lots."

The collection was amassed by one couple from the north-east over a 40-year period.

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