Our 10th December toy auction includes a large model railway section, with many locomotives and train packs in great conditions, and some fantastic live steam lots.
Lot 390 is this OS Live Steam (Japan) factory built kit locomotive, and is unfired.
Lot 392 is another OS Live Steam model and is also unfired.
Lot 391 is a well engineered 5 inch gauge 57xx Pannier Tank locomotive, built to the popular LBSC 'pansy' design.
Our latest film poster and vinyl records auction features a collection from an actor who collected Elvis film posters from a very young age. He met many of the co-stars and Elvis’ clothier, cook, backing groups including the Sweet Inspirations and the Memphis Mafia to have the film posters signed.
Also included in the sale is a fine collection of original vintage film posters from the Regal cinema in Coventry including “Day of the Triffids” and a rare “Thunderbirds" and "Goldfinger” film poster.
There are also some terrific vinyl records that were in the collection of Julie Wall whose story was on television “Caught in a Trap” starring Connie Fisher.
Enjoy the sale and treat yourself to a piece of cinema history!
Visit the auction calendar page to view the catalogue which is now online.
Here's a sneak preview of our 8th December Film Posters, Vinyl Records & Elvis Memorabilia Auction....
Here's a sneak preview of some of the lots for our 5th December Jewellery, Coin & Watch Auction........
Elvis Presley 12 inch Acetate for "Suspicion"
This WHBQ Radio station acetate from Memphis, Tennessee hails from the radio station where disc jockey Dewey Phillips played the first Elvis Presley recording Thats Alright Mama in 1954. This extremely rare acetate is on a metal disc and plays at 78 RPM. On the reverse of the acetate are the two holes with the second being for locking the disc whilst cutting the acetate proving this to be a genuine WHBQ radio station acetate. On this reverse side is a WHBQ radio station advertisement for the Ray Charles concert in Memphis on Sunday August 20th 1961. Variety magazine reported on August 23rd 1961 "History was made in Memphis Sunday 20th when for the first time an integrated audience attended the all-negro Ray Charles show...This was the first time, moreover that the FOR COLORED ONLY banner in front of the ladies restrooms was taboo during a performance at Ellis auditorium"
"Suspicion" was a great favourite of Elvis Presley as it enabled him to showcase his wide vocal range. "Suspicion" was first released in the US on the LP "Pot Luck" in June 1962 with the recording session for "Suspicion" documented as taking place on March 19th 1962 together with the other Doc Pomus track "Shes not you" on the same date later to be released as a single in 1962. Suspicion for some reason was not chosen as a single for release at this time from the album. The date of the recording of "Suspicion" on this acetate is not known but one would think that it is the one from March 19th 1962 most probably. The only date we do know for sure from this acetate is the date August 20th 1961 which is recorded by the WHBQ disc jockey on the Ray Charles advert from WHBQ for the concert and ticket sales for the concert on that date. Interestingly we do not know for sure why the single Suspicion should be on this WHBQ radio station acetate. Whether the station were plugging the track we do not know. It raises interesting questions which we do not know the answers to - a fascinating piece of history.
This lot is accompanied with a professionally recorded CD of the recording "Suspicion" from side 1 and also the recording of the advert for the Ray Charles concert with the Raelettes at Ellis Auditorium on Sunday August 20th 1961 from side 2. The condition of the acetate is poor to fair and there is an audio recording which you can listen to which does have audible scratches. This is an opportunity to acquire a one of a kind piece of history for Elvis Presley and his links with WHBQ Radio. We have not seen another WHBQ Elvis acetate and do not know anyone who has despite best efforts so we can not throw any more light on the subject save to say it is a rare find and a true piece of Elvis history.
SOLD FOR £6500 Hammer Price.
This Yonezawa/Fairlylite Moon Explorer was brought in during our free valuation day today, and as you can see it's in great working condition. We're just as thrilled by the floating astronaut as any child in the 60's would have been! Find it in our 10th December toy auction with an estimate of £180-£220.
As well as private entries from our regular Valuation Days there are some great lots entered by West Midlands Police authority to be sold WITHOUT RESERVE - so make sure you don't miss out on the potential bargains!
Our next Jewellery auction will be 5th December 2015 - just in time for Christmas. Entries for this auction are now invited and we offer very competitive commission rates for both private and trade sellers so don't hesitate to get in touch with us - 01384 931001.
By Chris Aston
ELVIS PRESLEY RECORDS AND FILM POSTERS have always been popular with collectors - but never more so than in the case of Julie Wall - for whom money was no object
Employed by North Kesteven District Council she was responsible for decades for emptying the £1 coins in the parking machines of the eight car parks stealing £597,963 and investing her ill gotten gains into Elvis Presley memorabilia including vinyl records, film posters and cinema lobby cards.
Her story was told in the ITV film “Caught in a Trap” in December 2008 with Connie Fisher playing the part of Julie Wall.
The Elvis hoard collected was confiscated by the CPS and auctioned on 10th June 2007 to repay the council with Julie Wall jailed for three years in October 2005
Many of Julie Wall’s choice pieces from the Elvis hoard are being auctioned now on 3rd November 2015 at Astons Auctioneers in Dudley.
Also on offer at the auction: rare RCA Living stereo sampler records, promotional records and original rare film posters including the British Quad film posters for Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, California Holiday, Girl Happy, Follow that Dream…….
One of arguably the most fanatical and controversial Elvis Presley collections of all time is going under the hammer - Elvis is in the building!!
By Steve Kennedy