Lots of choice for the younger generation09 November 2021 How much fun can a youngster have browsing online auction catalogues as Christmas approaches? We asked 11 year-old Charlie, who was visiting our office for a day's work experience, to see what he could find.
We gave him a notional limit of no more than £80 per lot and while we reassured him that his parents wouldn't be spending that much per present this Christmas we did tell him to find whatever he liked.
A regular viewer of BBC Bargain Hunt, Charlie is familiar with auctions and had no problem tracking down his favourite lots.
Here are his choices and comments.
Harry Potter books…
Books can make a good Christmas present. In this lot there are various books from the Harry Potter series but also an interesting book by Roger Highfield about the science behind the magic in Harry Potter which is described as: ‘Behind the magic of Harry Potter – a witty and illuminating look at the scientific principles, theories, and assumptions of the boy wizard's world’.
The lot is estimated at £10-15 at James & Sons in London on November 24.
…and Harry Potter bookends
If like me, you have lots of books on your bookshelf and they keep falling down then this pair of Harry Potter bookends might be what you are looking for.
The estimate is £10-15 at Laidlaw in Carlisle.
A big bag of Lego
Lego is a good tool for sparking imagination within children, but instead of buying a set, why not buy a bag of Lego? Children can make their own creations using all the pieces they want.
There are three bags like this all containing around 15kg of Lego at Stacey's in Essex on November 22. The estimate on the bag of Lego in the photo is £30-50. The other two are priced at £20-40.
A collection of super shooters
Nerf guns are infamously expensive, but they don’t have to be. Buying them at auction can greatly reduce the cost as you are buying them second hand. The lot pictured below is an image of selection of nerf guns going on sale soon.
Bidding starts at £2 at Stacey's in Essex on November 22 so this could be a real bargain.
A special chess set
After the success of The Queen's Gambit on Netflix everyone wants a chess set. I like this chess set as it is based on the famous Lewis chess men first discovered in the year 1831.
This resin copy of the Lewis chess set is estimated between £20-30 at TW Gaze in Norfolk on November 12.
A comic collection
Unless they are especially rare, comics at auction are often sold with many copies in the same lot. There are almost 40 comics in this lot at Anderson and Garland on November. 16-17
The estimate is £55-85.