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Storyforu20 Apr 2018 2:15 p.m. PST

The world's largest collection of toy soldiers is to be auctioned after all 250,000 were found in British collector's garage.

The quarter-of-a million military figures belonged to a man who died of leukaemia aged just 55.

Carmelo Mazzotta began collecting toy soldiers as a boy and dedicated his life to them.

The collection, some of which was displayed in their individual regiments in the garage, is understood to be the biggest in the world ever to go to auction.

The tiny figures are made out of a variety of materials, including lead, metal and plastic.
Bosses at the auction house even had to extend the showroom by clearing out areas currently used for storage to house and display the vast and unusual collection.

As well as the soldiers and their military accessories, the collection also includes a range of die cast model planes that were hanging from the garage.

The collection, which is now being catalogued into between 200 and 300 individual lots by auction house staff, is expected to sell for in excess of £10.00 GBP, 000 at auction.

Wessex Auction Rooms is a specialist in toys and holds five of the auctions each year. It's toy department is headed up by BBC Bargain Hunt expert Tim Weeks.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2018 2:24 p.m. PST

I am sorry such a passionate collector had to pass so early. May his figures go to worthy homes and his heirs appreciate his legacy.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

Wow. Stunning…

Cyrus the Great20 Apr 2018 8:56 p.m. PST

So an estimated 4 pence a figure. There will be between 200-300 lots, but looking at some of the figures pictured, they'll be lucky to get a bid. The population that collects these figures is an aging one. A lot of them have everything they want and, in some cases, are already making arrangements to dispose of their own collections.

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