Rare Bluebird II speedboat model found in Barmouth sells for £220 in toys auction

The rare Sutcliffe Models Bluebird II Speedboat that sold for £220

A rare Sutcliffe Models Bluebird II Speedboat discovered at a charity antiques valuation event for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Barmouth bas sold for £220 at auction.

The model, which was made in tribute to British water and land speed record breaker Donald Campbell, went under the hammer at fine art auctioneers Halls’ toys auction in Shrewsbury on Wednesday.


Contained within its original box, Bluebird II was produced by Sutcliffe Models from 1958 but the model was not endorsed by Campbell, who died when his powerboat crashed during a world water speed record attempt on Coniston Water on January 4, 1967.


He broke eight records in the 1950s and ‘60s and remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year, 1964.


A small collection of six Sasha dolls sold for nearly £4,500 at the auction. Top sellers were two rare dolls, which were made without a philtrum, the dimple between the lip and the nose. A 1966 brunette with a blue gingham dress sold for £2,100 and a 1968 Gregor Red Head doll realised £1,650.


Another excellent result came in the form of a rare tinplate clockwork model of Dick Whittington and his cat, which sold for £1,100 after competitive bidding by two telephone bidders.


A selection of painted Robin and Nell Dale figures, including Baldrick, Joshua Marlin, Admiral Mainbrace and Mrs Pilgrim, together with two small painted figures, also sold for £1,100.