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Sunday, 3 April 2022

The Collection of Clive Smithers

As previously stated, Clive Smithers sadly passed away last year and as is well known he was an avid and prolific collector of all things wargaming, especially old school 20 and 25mm figures.  He was also extremely knowledgable when it came to 'old school' figures.

I have spoken to Gavin, Clive's brother, on several occasions in recent months and the description of Clive's collection is mind boggling.  The exact number of figures in the collection is not fully known, but it runs into the tens of thousands.  Many of these figures can be viewed on Clive's blogs which remain live, such as 'The Lone S Ranger' or the 'Old metal Detector'.

The collection has now been gathered up and is due to be sold at auction on 27 May 2022.  I attach a link to the auction site.  The sale will be a timed auction on that day:

The Clive Smithers Auction

The catalogue has not been published yet and may not appear for a couple of weeks before the auction.  OI will give an update once the catalogue is released.

Please note that there is a buyers premium of 25% plus VAT.  Unless a winning lot is collected there will also be p&P charges.


  1. This is terrible news. I had seen Clive's home was up for sale but I thought he had simply moved. I went to see Clive several years ago to speak to him about Peter Gilder for my blog re the great man.Clive was a font of knowledge and very personable with an encyclopedic mind concerning wargaming and companies.Unfortunately we will see an increasing number of veterans sloping off to the giant convention in the sky. A real shame.

    1. I am sorry that you found out this way. It is indeed awful that Clive is no longer with us. I did post a notice last year letting people know which I had hoped would inform the wider wargaming community. You are correct regarding Clive's knowledge of wargaming and the loss of such a nice man is a great shame.

    2. Its not a problem Bob,I was still trying to process the loss of Ian Smith which was a complete shock.I knew Clive had helped Harry Pearson write his wonderful Achtung Schweinhund book and knew he had loads of information about virtually everything regarding wargaming. Such a loss of knowledge.