A collection of airfix model kits have been put up for auction in Newcastle, fetching just under £9,000. The collection, was discovered in a house in South Shields and thought to be one of the largest of its kind.
It had been collected over decades, £6,000 was the expected maximum selling price, but they sold for £8,800.
A collection of more than 1,200 model kits - many of them vintage Airfix - are to be sold today in the biggest auction of its kind.
The vintage plastic and metal models are expected to fetch in excess of £6,000 at the Anderson and Garland sale in Newcastle.
"This is an unusually large collection of Airfix model kits. The fact that the kits are in untouched condition substantially increases their appeal."
– John Anderson, Anderson and Garland
Model enthusiasts from far and wide are expected to bid for the kits which have been collected over decades by an engineer who worked at Tyne Dock in South Shields. The kits include aircraft, cars, bikes and military vehicles. They were popular from the Second World War onwards.
"You can't buy this kind of kit any more - the metal and plastic are of such good quality."