About Excalibur Auctions
We’ve got more than ten years in the auction industry, even more as fans, enthusiasts and specialists. Our areas of speciality are model railways, diecast toys, movie memorabilia including film posters, autographs, comics and advertising items including travel and music posters. We’re here to help you achieve the best possible price for your special collections. A general auction house can auction anything, but without the knowledge that a collectables, specialist auction house has, often the prices achieved are not as high as they could be. Read on to find out more about us
Excalibur Auctions was established as an auction house in February 2016. We’ve both been involved in other auction houses during the last few years and decided we wanted to go it alone! We established that there was a gap in the market for a specialist auction house in the Home Counties and the South East. As a toy and model enthusiast Jonathan knew that there wasn’t a specialist toy auction house for him to be able to buy at locally, so knew we would have a captive audience of both buyers and sellers. A chance encounter with our then business partner (now sadly deceased) led to our having the original source of movie posters and memorabilia to sell. Several auctions later and we have a core base of both customers and vendors rationalising their collections and stock, in addition to new customers selling deceased estates and loft finds.
We try and make selling and buying with Excalibur Auctions as easy and transparent as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to talk you through the process and tell you more about us.
Who are we?
Jonathan Torode is our auctioneer as well as lead valuer for all items relating to model railways (e.g. Hornby / Bachmann / Fleischmann / Wrenn / Marklin) and diecast toys and vehicles (e.g. Dinky / Matchbox / Corgi). He’s been a collector for many years of all of the above! His knowledge and love of this specialist area is evident in the saleroom and when talking to people about their collections. One of Jonathan’s favourite sayings is: ‘You have auctions of toys and models and then you have toy and model auctioneers – there’s a world of difference’.
Sarah Torode is the main administrator and lynchpin of the business, being responsible for making all our auctions hang together and ensuring that all our vendors get paid on time. She has a passion for movie memorabilia, including film posters. Her knowledge is increasing thanks to the specialist help we get from our network of consultants in this area. The extensive research she undertook when cataloguing the recent autograph auctions has also created a new interest in social history. We work closely with several people whose knowledge is renowned in this field to ensure that the best possible prices are achieved at auction.
Of course, we couldn’t do any of it without this lot …….