Vectis Auctions will be holding its first dedicated Lego Auction Sale in October, expected to be the largest of its kind in the UK.
The majority of the sale is the lifetime collection of Stockton based Lego builder and exhibitor Mark Willis, who has created intricate and astonishing dioramas for the enjoyment of others for many years.
Well respected within the Lego community, Mr Willis has previously exhibited in York, Wakefield and London – and was the subject of an episode of the popular BBC TV programme Collectaholics, which featured his vast amalgamation of over 350,000 individual pieces.
Recent works have included a model of Saltburn Pier, which was on display at Kirkleatham Museum near Redcar.
One of his proudest presentations was in 2015, when he created a Lego Town complete with cinema showing Three Clicks and a Snap, a football stadium, harbour and railway lines. On show in Norton, this was a for charity ‘Daisy Chain’ set up in 2003 to help support the needs of children on the Autism spectrum. This is something Mark has personal experience of being on the spectrum himself and also having ADHD and Bi Polar conditions.
Creating Lego has helped Mark greatly as he finds the process extremely calming and therapeutic.
The sale includes something for everyone, from loose pieces expertly sorted to colour, size and type in individual containers, sets, many of which are unopened, Lego Robotics (Mindstorms) accompanied by a computer to run the Windows 95/98 system required for this. The model sets are branded buildings and architecture. There are also several made-up pieces including the Red Baron, a German World War One plane and its counterpart British Sopwith Camel.
One of the most interesting lots in the sale is Lego buildings from the personal collection of Lego Designer Daniel Krentz, with certificate.
Daniel August Krentz was a retired LEGO designer born and raised in the USA. A childhood interest which continued into adulthood, resulted in him being was recruited to be a designer in Billund Denmark. He was both the first AFOL and the first non-Dane hired to be a designer by the company.
Daniel was the designer of many LEGO sets in his time but among his most iconic sets are: 375 Classic Yellow Castle (and all the castle sets that launched with it); 6067 Guarded Inn; 6073 Knights Castle; 6074 Black Falcons Fortress; 6078 Royal Drawbridge; 6081 Kings Mountain Fortress; 6267 Lagoon Lock Up; 6276 Eldorado Fortress; and dozens upon dozens of others.
Lego has been an iconic toy since its inception in 1949, its name being derived from the Danish word ‘Leg Godt’ meaning Play Well. Carpenter Kirk Christiansen had begun making wooden toys in 1932, but it was his launch of the ‘Automatic Binding Bricks’ that catapulted the company in to the history books. Initially only five colours were produced, today there is a rainbow of 60 colours used in over 3,700 elements.
The sale on Friday 4th October 2019 will include other Lego lots such as Technic, Disney, Pirates of the Caribbean, Christmas Specials, Harry Potter and other themed sets.
A full pictorial catalogue is now available online prior to the auction (PDF).
• For more information on any of the lots in the sale visit the Vectis web site – or please contact Mr Ian Main, Vectis Auctions on +44 (0) 1642 750616, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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