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The legendary Rocket Firing Boba Fett has long been considered the Holy Grail of Star Wars toy geekdom. A small number of production samples were made and escaped into the wild before the Imperial Federal Government decided that parents weren’t smart enough to make decisions and decreed said Read more

The Story of The Tin Can

Tin cans have, in 200 years, changed the way the world eats. But Victorian disgust over a cheap meat scandal almost consigned the invention to rejection and failure.

Bryan Donkin left the chimney smoke of the city behind as his carriage headed south through Bermondsey, with the Duke of Kent’s Read more

The Bentley Collection

Part two sold on the 27th September 2012 for an incredible £2.25m and included the record breaking price of £780,000 achieved for the 1920 Sydney Mint Sovereign
Regarding the 1920 Sydney Mint sovereign Baldwin’s state that:
 “the greatest rarity in the Colonial Gold Sovereign Series, most specimens are housed in institutions Read more

Selected Highlights from the David Fore Collection

1839 Rupee – Unique in private hands with two others in the Calcutta mint.

Obverse: Head to left. VICTORIA QUEEN This Pattern was produced by a native die cutter due to the slowness of the dies coming from London and the need for coinage. The fact that it was rejected Read more

Toys at auction

To whet your appetite here’s our top five favourite lots to go under the hammer at Aston’s to date!
1904 Bing Open Tourer

This very rare antique toy was found local to Aston’s in a loft in Dudley! Several ‘telephone bidders’ battled it out, whilst bidders in the room simply gasped in amazement as Read more


The Project Gutenberg EBook of British Manufacturing Industries, by
L. Arnoux and Professor Barff and J. H. Pollen

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Read more

First Edition Barbie

Barbie doll is one of the most popular dolls in the world. The first Barbie doll introduced by Mattel, Inc. in 1959. These dolls are produced in Japan, their clothes are handmade and stitched with great detail. This very popular doll for girls, some of these dolls are very Read more

Film History: Contemporary Period (1980–present)

In the 1970s and 1980s, multinational corporations bought and merged many movie studios, ending the period of artistic experimentation in Hollywood. The industry has returned to financial success and global dominance through the development ofblockbuster franchises, large-scale marketing campaigns, and content aimed at children. It also has placed increasing emphasis on spectacular special Read more