Sold on thesaleroom – an Airfix D-Day model flies into auction31 December 2019 An Airfix D-Day model turned out to be a hotly contested lot at auction in Kent and was sold to a buyer on thesaleroom.com.
It was hammered down at an unexpected bid of £1700. The model was part of a group of three unopened Airfix models which had been estimated at £50-70 at an auction of C&T Auctions of Tunbridge Wells on December 11.
The key was the presence of a D-Day set 1700 in original bubble pack - one of the 1/72 scale Attack Force series models made by Airfix in 1969. They are among the rarest known to the collectors.
Accompanying this item was kit A17V, the Lee and Grant Tank in original bag from 1967 (commonly available at £10-15) and set 1706 the Roman Fort in original box from 1969 (priced at around £50).
Airfix first began producing plastic scale model kits for the mass market in 1952 although the earliest model dates from three years’ earlier.
In 1949 the company was commissioned to create a promotional mode of a TE20 tractor for distribution to Ferguson sales representatives. To increase sales and lower production costs the model was sold in kit form at Woolworths.