Run by husband and wife Jonathan and Sarah Torode, Excalibur Auctions is a family-owned auction house which was established in February 2016. Stemming from Jonathan being a toy and model enthusiast, he knew there wasn’t a specialist toy auction house for him to buy at locally; a gap in the market for the Home Counties and South East was found and Excalibur was born!
Here at Excalibur we try and make buying and selling as easy and transparent as possible, putting you and your special items at the heart of everything we do. We pride ourselves in our knowledge as collectables and memorabilia specialists, sticking to what we know and offering our skills and expertise to buyers and vendors alike. Our genuine passion and enthusiasm for auctioneering is not only reflected in the results we produce, but also in the saleroom both online and in-person, as we aim to create an entertaining atmosphere for you all to enjoy
Jonathan Torode is our principal 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 our 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 also takes to the rostrum in order to give Jonathan a well earned break - an increasing worry to Jonathan as the customers don't like it when his break is over! She has a passion for movie and music memorabilia, including posters. Whilst she’s not yet an expert, her knowledge has steadily increased 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.
To find out more please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to talk you through the process, answer any questions you might have and tell you a bit more about us!