Bidding wars for Star Wars souvenirs at Montrose auction

Scott Henderson from Taylor's Auctions pictured with some of the vast Star Wars collection up for auction.
Scott Henderson from Taylor's Auctions pictured with some of the vast Star Wars collection up for auction.

From Star Wars toys to part of the late David Torrie’s massive postcard collection, it was a busy day at Taylor’s Auction Rooms on Saturday.

Whilst the sale raised in the region of £30,000, it appears that the 100 lots of Star Wars items were not necessarily the stars of the show.

Mr Ian Taylor explained that whilst there had been interest from all over the world in the Star Wars items, it was traditional items like Dinky Toys and Hornby trains that had caught the imagination of the international buyers.

He went on to say that train sets from the sale were going as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

But there were several sales going on at Taylors that day, including militaria, furniture, coins, porcelain and even a sale of redundant Angus Council groundcare equipment.

One sale which had a constant stream of bidders was that concerning part of the huge postcard collection of the late David Torrie.

Mr Torrie was a former editor of the Dandy comic, and many a Desperate Dan script emerged from his canny and couthy brain.

He collected postcards from many sources, and if you wanted to have a blether with him, all you had to do was head for the nearest car boot sale and complete a lap clockwise and one anti-clockwise, and you’d be sure to bump into him, at which point much hilarity would ensue.

He was a popular guest speaker at clubs and societies, with topics as diverse as the history of DC Thomson comics, to local history, lavishly illustrated with postcards.

Mr Taylor said: “We have sold 850 lots, numbering tens of thousands of postcards.

“The majority have gone to British buyers all over the country, but there has been interest from abroad, and you never know where it will come from.”

There is to be one further sale featuring Mr Torrie’s postcards.

One disappointment at the sale was the withdrawal, before the start, of model ships which had been in the DP & L office for many years.