Contemplating clearing out your old playthings? There has never been a better time to sell as the results of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent collectors’ sale demonstrate. This bisque headed doll, by the renowned French manufacturer Jumeau, took a staggering £1,400 and it was by no means the only stand out lot.

A Chad Valley Fordson Major tractor attracted widespread interest before far-from plodding bidding ended at £320, while two further tractors took an even stronger £400. Another pair of Fordsons, from Britains Model Farm series, one with spudded rear wheels and the other with rubber tyres, pulled a combined £440. A clutch of carefully kept Corgi Toys also excelled, including an Austin Mini Van (£130), B.M.C. Mini Countryman (£140) and a Monte Carlo Mini Cooper S (£160). Maintaining the racing theme the latest instalment of a single-owner collection of mainly 1/18 scale Formula 1 cars, divided into multiple lots, was bought for a total of £4,450.

The secret of these successes lies in the specialist nature of the sales, curated by toy expert and author, Peter Rixon. “When selling your prized possessions it is important to choose the right auction house,” he explains. “Your nearest saleroom is not necessarily the best saleroom if it does not have the knowledge, experience or marketing credentials to do your items justice.” For anyone outside the Taunton area there is additional comfort in knowing that Greenslade’s friendly valuers will come to you, without charge or obligation.

It was just such a house-call that led to the discovery of an O gauge Bassett-Lowke L.M.S. locomotive and five wagons which sold for £320, while one of the firm’s weekly in-house valuation sessions at The Octagon Saleroom (every Monday, 9am – 1pm) unearthed an HO gauge Marklin Swiss Railway locomotive which made £380. Selling your collectable toys is child’s play. Simply contact us at your convenience for free, professional advice and take advantage of our full range of tried and tested specialist sales. Others, from across the West Country and beyond, are glad they did.