Vectis Ltd

Fleck Way, Thornaby, United Kingdom TS17 9JZ
+44 01642-750-616

About Auction House

Vectis was established in 1988 by Roger and Jill Mazillius on the Isle of Wight. From the humble beginnings of a shop front and back room, Vectis now occupy an auction site of 30,000 sq feet and a staff of 29! Bryan Goodall purchased the company in 1996, with a turnover of £600,000 from eight auctions each year offering some 5,000 lots, things have changed and how! The turnover in 2017 was 5.6 million pounds holding over seventy auctions each year, selling around 45,000 lots! The list of toys auctioned by Vectis is endless and we sell the following categories - Diecast, Trains, Doll and Teddy...Read More
Bears, Lead, Plastic, Militaria, Tinplate, TV Related, Star Wars, and General Toys including Games Constructional Toys, Railwayana, Books, Comics and Annuals.Read Less

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    Highlights Around the Auction World: January 2021

    Collage of images from around the auction world. Photo credit from left to right: Artcurial, Vectis Auctions, and Sotheby’s. Collage by Heemin Moon (Auction Daily). Many auction houses entered 2021 with quiet optimism after their industry proved more resilient than most in 2020. The industry's quick shift online, both to host auctions and to publicize eye-catching lots, deserves much of the credit. In January 2021, these trends continued. Auction houses such as Artcurial and Ahlers & Ogletree enticed bidders worldwide with non-traditional pieces, often coming to auction for the first time. What else did the first month of the new year bring the industry? Auction Daily breaks down some of the most noteworthy trends and events around the auction world in January 2021. Industry Trends U.K. auction houses and galleries now have a better idea of what the post-Brexit art market looks like. Still, some key questions remain. For example: What compounding effect will the COVID-19 pandemic and leaving the EU have on the industry? Illustration collectors had a lot to choose from at auction this January. That included a Tintin drawing, which set an auction record with Artcurial. Swann Galleries also kicked off the new year with an Illustration Art event. William Pène du Bois, Big Eyes…; Big Hands…; Big Teeth….; Little Red Riding Hood, pages 20-25, undated. Image from Swann Galleries. Returning stolen artwork to its rightful owner can often be a decades-long struggle. This is particularly true of pieces looted by the Nazis during World War II. Auction Daily looked at restituted art, its journey back home, and how some works eventually make it to auction. Auction Highlights Ahlers & Ogletree presented salvaged artifacts from the RMS Carpathia. A porthole, binoculars, and even pieces of coal recovered from the ship crossed the auction block. Salvaged first-class soup plate from the RMS Carpathia. Image from Ahlers & Ogletree. Vectis Auctions kept the holiday spirit alive in January with its 500+ lot Doll and Teddy Bear sale. Joanne McDonald of Vectis guided Auction Daily's readers through the decades of playthings represented in the auction. Looking to push the boundaries?…

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    Vectis Auctions Keeps Holiday Cheer Coming With January Doll and Teddy Bear Sale

    Joanne McDonald of Vectis Auctions. Photo courtesy of the auction house. Did Santa deliver your wish list collectible doll, Teddy bear, or plaything this year? If not, here's another opportunity to add a vintage toy - or two - to your collection! Vectis Auctions, of Thornaby, UK, is holding their annual 500+ lot Doll and Teddy Bear sale on January 14th, 2021. We spoke with Joanne McDonald from Vectis Auctions to learn more about this event and the history behind some of its most eye-catching lots. Auction Daily: Vectis Auctions traditionally holds a doll and Teddy bear auction in January. Tell us about the history of this signature event and some notable sales from previous years.  Joanne McDonald: After the buzz and excitement of the Christmas period, for some, January can feel long and gloomy. Not for me! Vectis holds between 6 and 8 toy and collectable auctions every month; January is no exception. Posted online before Christmas, it provides many with a welcome break from the mayhem of Christmas, a couple of hours browsing the catalogue, what a delight. With a passion for bears, the New Year Teddy Bear & Doll Auction never fails to fill me with joy and hope whilst providing something to spend my Christmas money on! Our January sale in 2019 was close to my heart and included some special items from a very special lady, Joan Donachie. I knew her, so it was very poignant to sell her collection. One of the highlights from that sale was a 1930 Steiff Jocko monkey who retained his button in ear ID. He was created in a ginger-colored mohair, rather than Steiff's standard brown mohair, making him highly desirable. He went on to achieve GBP 3480.  Another rarity from this collection was a Steiff somersault elephant from 1909-1910. Her IDs included her button and traces of her earliest white paper ear tag. The elephant is the rarest of all Steiff tumbling animals, only appearing in the catalogue for two years. This might explain why she traded hands at £2040. This Steiff Jocko monkey was among the highlights…