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Model cars worth £110,000 to go under the hammer in Dudley

Dudley | News | Published:

Toy fans are revving up to bid for more than 3,000 model cars which are set to raise £110,000 at auction.

The sale is the biggest single collection that Aston's Auctioneers in Dudley have dealt with.

The collection, owned by avid model car collector Anders Clausager, features 700 lots which include rare Lego models from the 50s, Corgi classic models and Denmark Tekno cars.

It will be sold to the highest bidder at Baylies Hall in Tower Street at 10am.

The Corgi Toys GS38 Rallye Monte Carlo is expected to prove popular, with its BMC Mini Cooper S, Rover 2000 and Citroen DS19

Mr Clausager has collected model cars since the age of six and had the special collection tucked away in his home in Birmingham.

He 67-year-old said: "I've moved from quite a large house into a smaller flat where there wasn't much room to do anything with the collection.

"It's simply been sat around without me adding or doing anything with it so I felt it was time to pass it all on to someone else.

A Corgi Jaguar 2.4 Litre Saloon and Corgi Ford Thunderbird Open Sports Car

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"I went and had a look at the collection being displayed at the auctioneer's and I must admit, my heartstrings were being tugged.

"A friend of the family had been away on holiday in Sweden and bought me and my brother two model cars and from them on I became interesting in them.

"I've kept a few for old times sake such as the ones I was given when I was around six but the rest are up for sale."

A Carrimore Detachable Axle Machinery Carrier with blue cab, yellow interior and silver, yellow and black trailer.

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Mr Clausager, originally from Denmark, gathered his collection from a variety of places such as swap meets, auctions, private collectors along with buying brand new model cars throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s.

"I stopped collecting around 10 years ago but I did get quite a thrill out of trying to find the odd and elusive models at a reasonable price," said Mr Clausager.

"It's estimated that the collection will raise £100,000 but anything above £50,000 is a bonus."

Chris Aston, managing director at Aston's Auctioneers, said: "The collection is fantastic - I've never seen anything like it in terms of collectable toys so I'm confident it'll be well received.

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