Robots and other retro toys from Christie’s 1988 auction catalogue

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.


ANSWERGAME. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

ANSWER-GAME. From Christie’s South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.


ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Jaman, 1960s. ANSWERGAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. 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, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

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. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £200-300.


DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control robot, by Dux. W, Germany, 1950s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

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.

SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s. £50-80.


MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s.

MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.


W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928.

W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928. £130-190.


RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937.

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.

DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.


HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.

HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.


BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.

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.

Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.