TVTA loves robots, and couldn’t resist acquiring this summer 1988 auction catalogue from Christie’s of South Kensington. Complete with a colour cover featuring a 1960s tinplate robot toy called ANSWER-GAME, this 40 page catalogue consists of black and white images featuring robots, games, trains and lead soldiers dating as far back as the 19th century. Here a few images fresh from the scanning room. Thanks for looking.
ANSWER-GAME. From Christie’s South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.
1. ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £150-250. 2. ANSWER-GAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.
ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan. £300-500.
PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £200-300.
DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control plastic robot, by Dux. W. Germany, 1950s. £150-200.
SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s. £50-80.
MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.
W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928. £130-190.
RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937. £60-100.
DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.
HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.
BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.
Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.