BOXER shorts and tangy male cologne were probably a mistake. What the discerning man really wanted this Christmas was a doll’s house and a teddy.
There’s a growing craze for toys as collectors’ items in the belief that today’s Master of the Universe model is tomorrow’s museum exhibit.
Already, £5 tin robot toys from the sixties fetch £200 at auction and they tipped by auctioneers Phillip as a best investment buy for 1988.
London business Mint & Boxed, leading dealer in antique and collectable toys, is to launch a sort of antique toy unit trust in the new year.
The fund’s likely investments will include pieces from the great German toy makers Bing and Marklin, regarded as the Cartier and Faberge of the nursery.
Last week an Arab buyer paid £18,413 for the late king Farouk’s train set, built up of items from both firms.