MORE than 1,000 prized models of Jaguar cars are to go under the hammer at a Sheffield auction.
And the private collection of Ken Chapman, built up over 20 years, is expected to sell speedily – with estimated prices from £20 to hundreds of pounds per lot.
The event is one of the highlights of Sheffield Auction Galleries’ Spring Specialist Collectable Toys Sale.
Elizabeth Dashper, director of the Heeley-based auction house, said: “We do specialise in large single owner collections of all sorts of things and we have had some very large collections of toy cars but this is probably the biggest we’ve had of a certain type.
“We think there will be a lot of interest because not only do we have the ordinary collectors there is also the Jaguar connection.”
Specialist valuer John Morgan added: “Single owner, single marque collections of this size and scope always throw up the rare, unusual and sometimes unique which is why they are so exciting.”
A lifelong passion for real Jaguars led to Lincolnshire vendor Ken, former chairman of Swindon Town FC, amassing his vast collection.
He has now retired and wants to down-size to pass on the prized items to other fans.
The eclectic collection covers many manufacturers, from contemporary to tinplate, and over many scales.
Manufacturers include the mainstream of Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Autoart and some of the more unusual like Tekno, Solido, Nicky and Norev.
For more details on the sale, on Friday March 15, visit www.sheffieldauctiongallery.co.uk or contact the gallery on 0114 281 6161.