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Model cars owned by founder of toy firm sold for £21,000

Gold-plated Aston Martin Image copyright Vectis
Image caption The gold-plated James Bond Aston Martin did not meet its reserve

A collection of model cars that were owned by the founder of a toy firm has sold for more than £21,000.

The cars, which belonged to Charles Ullman, founder of Mettoy, included preproduction and rare models from the 1950s up to the 1980s.

The set of 128 lots was deemed to be of "significant importance to the collecting world" by auctioneer Vectis.

But a gold-plated model of James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, which had an estimate of up to £3,800, failed to sell.

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Image caption A Batman gift box sold for £840

A spokeswoman for Thornaby-based Vectis said the toy failed to meet its reserve.

The collection was sold by Mr Ullmann's grandson Philipp Ullmann from Goodwood, West Sussex.

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Image caption A pre-production colour trial Porsche Carrera 6 had an estimate of £600 and sold for £960

Many of the models were "straight from the factory floor" and "proved a big draw for collectors far and wide", the Vectis spokeswoman said.

Despite the failure to sell the gold-plated Aston Martin, the whole collection still exceeded its upper estimate of £20,000.

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Image caption A counter display box of Batman vehicles sold for £768

Mettoy was founded in the 1930s by German Mr Ullman and had factories in Northampton and Swansea.

In the 1950s it started its Corgi line of die-cast metal vehicles.

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Image caption A pre-production Mercedes 220 sold for £744 from an estimate of £60
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Image caption A set of vehicles including a James Bond Aston Martin DB5 sold for £696 from an estimate of £80

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