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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 3:59 p.m. PST


Seems quite cheap for a lifetime's work….

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

Probably a lot more than most of us will get.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

Well, I'll be dead so I won't be worrying about the price.

dBerczerk05 Sep 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

It should have fetched at least 4,000 quatloos.

WeeSparky05 Sep 2018 4:49 p.m. PST

The auctioneers had expected the collection to raise between US$27,000 and US$35,000.

Maybe there will be more of a demand for collections like this, and fewer collections will be discarded by the families.

I'm taking mine with me.

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 5:01 p.m. PST

Nice Star Trek reference dBerczerk!! made me smile.

HappyHussar05 Sep 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

I have often wondered how many of us that painted the old lead figures would die from lead poisoning ;)

I can remember my fingers* being black from the stuff after I spent a session painting Minifigs 25mm castings for a few hours.

*that I used to hold the castings

Blutarski05 Sep 2018 5:42 p.m. PST

RIP, Mr Carmel Mazzotta.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 5:45 p.m. PST

"I'm taking mine with me."

Well, for the 30mm Napoleonics, I haven't given up on The Bunker.
1. All members of the group leave the 30's to other members--no commercial value anyway--and are cremated.
2. All cremated remains are placed in an underground bunker with lots of shelving.
3. Last survivor has all the Napoleonics placed on the shelving, and has his relatives add his own cremated remains and seal the place off.

We'll make that Chinese emperor look like a kid with a starter army.

SBminisguy05 Sep 2018 6:21 p.m. PST


I'm taking mine with me.

Going in style like a Chinese Emperor, surrounded by miniature soldiers to escort you into the afterlife?

Lion in the Stars05 Sep 2018 8:53 p.m. PST

Might as well!

Pretty decent haul for a mini collection, too.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Sep 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

20 cents a figure is pitiful.

Perhaps they were bad sculpts.

Cacique Caribe05 Sep 2018 11:57 p.m. PST

Sad end to such a huge collection, which must have taken decades to put together.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 3:31 a.m. PST

I would imagine some of the earlier stuff would have fetched far more if kits were unmade and still in boxes. Figures? Again bound to wonder if anything from maybe 60s onwards has significant "antique" value, unless really well painted. Find the early German or British Victorian stuff, that would be very different.

I am still laughing at the Terra Cotta Warrior idea…….

Munster06 Sep 2018 3:51 a.m. PST

Would probably have got more if it was parted out

Lonkka1Actual06 Sep 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

"I'm taking mine with me."


Cacique Caribe06 Sep 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

Okay, that settles it. I'm getting cremated.


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2018 8:43 p.m. PST

There was a posting on this at the time of Mr. Mazzotta's death. As I recall, most of the figures were plastic toys -- like Airfix 54mm. Not painted war-game figures, nor collectable lead/metal figures such as Britains. Note too that the collection was parted out -- "The auction house said most buyers were collectors in Britain, mainland Europe and the United States." Where else would they come from? China or Iraq or Africa?

While the sheer volume of the items is amazing, this was more an accumulation than a collection.

Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2018 11:33 a.m. PST

I am toying with having my lead go to an ammunition maker who can use the lead, tin, aluminum for his own uses.

My 30's are an odd mix, but my Old Glory 15's are all original, Prussian, Austrian and French in particular. They might sell to current gamers.

But I never placed any real value on my figures – especially NOT on my painting and converting!

My collection allowed me to spend 35 years away from home – leaving Sunday night or early Monday, returning late Friday – and not getting into chasing women! Will be married 59 years in December. What she doesn't know is that reading painting guides, painting a few figures during the week away, and military history has been my mistress!


Clays Russians15 Oct 2018 12:02 p.m. PST

I'm going to be cremated, and my urn is going into a vault with shelving for my 1300+ minifig crimean war soldiers

Legion 415 Oct 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

I plan on being entombed with my minis … like an Egyptian pharaoh … evil grin

Rusty Gold20 Oct 2018 6:17 p.m. PST

I would suggest looking for mine in the dump if i expired . she would not bother . She does know how to book a rubbish skip though to put a decent collection into it . I would probably get dropped into it as well Bahaha

14Bore22 Oct 2018 2:26 p.m. PST

Get buried at sea, use it for the weight

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