Discover the Value of Your Vintage Toys & Collectables

Toys from yesteryear will always have a sentimental value, but the high demand to recapture lost youth means they are also very collectable. Your treasured childhood toys could be worth anything from a few pounds to several thousands. Whether you are looking to sell, need an appraisal for probate or insurance, or if you are simply curious to know their true value, we hold regular valuation days throughout the year.

Our Valuation Days

Valuation & Acceptance Day

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Valuation & Acceptance Day

June 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Valuation & Acceptance Day

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Valuation & Acceptance Day

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Probation Valuations

Valuing the estate of someone who has died is one of the first things you should do if you are acting as an executor. However, you cannot access assets until you receive a grant of probate. In order to complete the forms in their fullest, a valuation is needed to determine whether Inheritance Tax is due.

Under section 160 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 (IHTA 1984), the value of property at any time is the price ‘the property might reasonably be expected to fetch if sold in the open market at that time.’ Normally, you will be required to produce a professionally prepared written valuation for all / any items with a value of £500 or more.

British Toy Auctions can assist with any probate matter for those based in the North West or North Wales. Our knowledge of probate law estate administration is fully up to date, and our valuations for probate are fully compliant with the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 and ready to submit to the Inland Revenue.

We can provide you with written probate valuation reports for household furniture, effects and personal possessions, antiques, fine art, jewellery and specialist collections.

Insurance Valuations

Insurance valuations are an essential means of providing evidence of title and value in the event of loss or damage. A professionally produced written valuation ensures that you can identify the necessary level of cover required, and that you protect your entitlement to a fitting replacement in the event of any loss and subsequent claim.

Many insurance policies do not automatically cover all items of high value or items outside the home, and it is therefore most important that you are able to produce evidence of valuation that is both accurate and impartial.

Our consultants can provide you with a written insurance valuation report which includes a detailed description with image(s), and a current retail replacement value or nearest equivalent.

Free Collection Anywhere in the UK

Do you have a vintage toy or collectable that you would like to see placed in one of our auctions? We offer a free collection service* from anywhere in the UK, meaning you do not have to travel to Runcorn, Cheshire to enter your toys.

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Knowledgeable, Specialist Cataloguers

Our friendly and approachable team have decades of experience in the vintage toy and collectables market. Learn more about the people behind British Toy Auctions, as well as our specialist areas of interest.

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