Son auctions his mother's collection of 30,000 toys
A lifelong collection of toys and childhood memorabilia is to be auctioned next week.
More than 30,000 dolls and teddy bears are among 550 lots going under the hammer at A Century of Playtime toy museum in Winner Street, Paignton. The museum was the vocation of Frances Pepper, who died in February, aged 86.
She spent her entire life amassing a huge collection which was on display at her museum for 23 years. Now her son, Simon, who runs a business in Dartmouth, has been left with the task of sorting through her life's work.
He said: "Mum was as mad as a sack of cats when it came to collecting. The museum was absolutely stuffed full, with more in the basement and upstairs. I have no idea what any of this is worth but I imagine there are a few gems in here."
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It has taken auctioneers Whitton and Laing an entire month to sort and catalogue the contents into separate lots. Included are some rare Lenci dolls, collectible model cars and memorabilia from stage and screen.
Frances, who had two children, Simon and Jane, set up the museum in 1990 after the death of her husband George, aged 62.
The museum will be open for viewing on Sunday, November 3, and Monday, November 4. The auction takes place at the museum on Tuesday, November 5, at 10.30am.