An early tinplate Batman toy has just sold for £700 at auction. The 20cm high battery operated robot-like toy dates from the 1960’s and made by the Japanese firm Nomura.
The character was the brainchild of Bob Kane and Bill Finger and made his debut in ‘Detective Comics’ in 1939. Huge fame and popularity came in the 1960’s largely thanks to the popular television programme and many toys such as this were produced to cater for the Batman craze.
This example was discovered amongst the contents of a Staffordshire property and offered in a Toy Sale held by Richard Winterton Auctioneers of Lichfield on 26th July. Unboxed and in generally good condition, the ‘Caped Crusader’ retains his signature cape and although the battery compartment showed signs of acid leakage, this did not deter collectors who bid it up to £700, possibly the current film being an influential driving force.
Entries of vintage tin toys, diecasts and model trains are now being invited for forthcoming specialist auctions. Contact Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Toy Department for further details on 01543 251081 or email [email protected]