These nostalgic collectables are on our Christmas wish list

Just in time for Christmas, Lankes is holding a brilliant anniversary auction which includes classic cars and small, wonderfully nostalgic rarities, toys, works of art and collectables – perfect for putting beneath the Christmas tree…

Christmas is one of the few occasions when we can leave our fast-paced and digital lives for a few days and indulge in the soothing feeling of nostalgia. And what could be a better present for big kids than a vintage toy or a mechanical collector’s item? On 16 November, the auction house Lankes in Döhlau will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a big auction at which you could buy all your Christmas presents at once. A selection of collector cars will cross the block, including a Union Horch 930 V and a Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP both from 1938, a wonderfully elegant Alfa Romeo 2000 from 1959 and some younger classics such as an Audi Quattro and a Ferrari 348. 

However, we’re most interested by the magnificent old-fashioned wood and tin toys. There are steam-powered ocean liners and trains, shiny silver propeller planes, a functional funfair carousel, a slot machine from the early 1900s and a foam model of a Bentley BR2 radial engine. Also impressive is the three-dimensional show version of the Tibetan national game Kungser. And with a gentleman’s wristwatch by A. Lange & Söhne or a chest of Chateau Margaux from 1985, one family member could make you very happy indeed. All 389 lots from the Lankes anniversary auction can be found in the Classic Driver Market.

We’d like to bid on these collectables