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Spirited gathering of collectors turns out for Bertoia’s May 8-9 toy, train & bank auction

VINELAND, N.J. – There was something special to view with every turn of the page in Bertoia’s May 8-9 “In…

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Superheroes – real and imagined – headline Hake’s July 14-16 pop culture, sports, historical auction

YORK, Pa. – Superheroes aren’t always the product of fantasy. Sometimes they’re ordinary people who’ve gone on to achieve superhuman…

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RSL to auction magnificent 60-year toy & bank collection, July 11-12

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – The prestigious William and Elaine Werbell antique toy and bank collection will step into the auction…

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Bertoia’s Mar. 27-28 auction of Max Berry toys Pt. II boosts series total to $6M

VINELAND, N.J. – Washington attorney Max Berry left Bertoia’s gallery on March 28th with a smile on his face –…

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Robot collectors ‘spaced out’ at Morphy’s May 30-31 auction, paying top prices for rare examples
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Jupiter Robot with original box, $36,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Robots and space toys landed at Morphy’s May 30-31 Toy Auction with expectations of dominating prices realized, and they did not disappoint. The prized grouping of 115 extraterrestrials, highlighted by the Robert V. “Bob” Gallegos collection, claimed four positions within the top 10. In all, the 1,843-lot sale totaled $1.62 million, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Occupying the coveted number one slot was a rare, boxed Jupiter Robot with original box. As complete as it could possibly be, retaining its original sky blue plastic remote control, the domed space explorer with provenance from the Robert Lesser collection finished near the top of its estimate range at $36,000.

A classic space vehicle that every collector dreams of owning is the 12½-inch tinplate Super Cycle, a depiction of a well detailed, futuristic “flying” motorcycle with dark green rubber driver. The example offered by Morphy’s came complete with its vibrantly colorful original box emblazoned with Japanese writing and a realistic likeness of the toy, aloft and with rear jet blasting. Against an estimate of $1,200-$1,800, it was bid to an astonishing $21,000.
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Spirited gathering of collectors turns out for Bertoia’s May 8-9 toy, train & bank auction
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Batman car with box, Yanoman, Japan, 1960s, $10,030. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – There was something special to view with every turn of the page in Bertoia’s May 8-9 “In May We Play” auction catalog. The especially diverse 1,521-lot sale, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, crossed the entire panorama of antique toys and banks, a factor that kept the level of interest – and bidding – lively from start to finish. By the close of the Saturday, May 9 session, the event had tallied a healthy $1.57 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

Trains, trolleys and automobiles led the auction parade, with strong prices paid for both German- and American-made rarities. Finishing in the No. 1 slot was a circa-1910 Voltamp No. 2116 “Edna” interurban tram. An early version with an olive-green painted tin body and wood floor, the 16½-inch-long toy rushed past its $10,000-$12,000 estimate to settle at $21,240.
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RSL to auction magnificent 60-year toy & bank collection, July 11-12
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Vibrant and colorful German lithographed-tin toys. RSL Auction image

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. – The prestigious William and Elaine Werbell antique toy and bank collection will step into the auction spotlight on July 11 and 12, 2015. RSL Auction Company will offer the collection of pristine wind-up toys, mechanical and still banks at a live gallery auction with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

“This is an old and very fine collection that was started in 1955,” said RSL partner Leon Weiss. “Very few people have ever seen the collection, which was displayed very discreetly in the Werbells’ New York City residence. Bill Werbell attended a lot of shows but seldom invited people to his home. We know of one collector who has known Bill for 30 years, and even he never saw the collection. It’s as fresh to the market as a collection could possibly be.”
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Superheroes – real and imagined – headline Hake’s July 14-16 pop culture, sports, historical auction
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Zaccagnini (Italian) Three Little Pigs ceramic tableau figurine, circa 1947, 6 x 10.5 x 8in. Est. $2,000-$5,000. Hake’s image

YORK, Pa. – Superheroes aren’t always the product of fantasy. Sometimes they’re ordinary people who’ve gone on to achieve superhuman goals – like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and baseball legend Martin Dihigo, the only man ever to be inducted in the Baseball Halls of Fame in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Backed by their rich and unique legacies, Dihigo and King unquestionably deserve the title of “superhero” and the right to stand alongside Superman in Hake’s Auction #215, which closes for bidding July 14-16.

The centerpiece among the many important civil rights mementos entered in the 2,600-lot sale is a 1958 first edition of Dr. King’s Stride Toward Freedom, which the civil rights icon signed and gifted to US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren a few months after its publication.

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Slot car sets, farm toys to be featured at M&M Auctions, May 30
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M&M Auctions' sale of more than 460 lots May 30 includes many premium construction replicas. M&M Auctions images HOLBEACH, UK – M&M Auctions’ sale on May 30 is dedicated to specialist farm toys, diecast models and collectibles. The 464-lot catalog features an eclectic mix of items for many hobbyists.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

The auction will begin with an extensive collection of agricultural replicas – many boxed and some rare – in various scales.

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Old Toy Soldier May 29-31 auction features top-notch Mike Endres collection
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King and Country 12-piece Scots Highlanders boxed set, estimate $250-$350. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Bidders are on their marks, and battle lines have been drawn for Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ (OTSA) May 29-31 sale of military and civilian figures and sets. Over the three-day period, OTSA will offer more than 1,650 lots from several advanced collectors, including Mike Endres, whose collection is the centerpiece of the sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

The auction lineup is highlighted by “connoisseur pieces – primarily military figures and miniature military models – that were detailed to perfection by some of the great master painters of our time,” said OTSA owner Ray Haradin. Among the brands represented are Stadden, Lasset, Courtenay, Courtenay Greenhill, and Greenwood & Ball, manufacturers of one of the sale’s featured pieces – a hand-painted figure of Brigadier Sir Pratap Singh Bahadun in ceremonial attire, complete with Sikh turban, medals and sheathed sword.
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Morphy Auctions to offer robot collection, European toy cars May 30-31
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Japanese tinplate Agajanian race car, 19 inches long, est. $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – Robots are on the march again at Morphy’s. The Pennsylvania company’s May 30-31 Toy Auction containing 1,450 lots is led by a prized grouping of sci-fi classics from the Robert V. “Bob” Gallegos collection. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding services for the sale.

Approximately 115 robots, mostly boxed, will cross the auction block. Some of them boast illustrious provenance, like the boxed Jupiter Robot that had “lived long and prospered” in the Robert Lesser collection. Boxed examples of a Chime Trooper, Conehead, Hook Robot, Space Scout and Tremendous Mike join a Topolino, Astro Man, Mighty 8, Thunder Robot, silver Mechanized Robot (Robby) and blue-version Cragstan Space Man in this premier collection. The list continues with rare blue versions of Winky, Robot with Piston Action (ex Alan Rosen collection), and Moon Explorer. Gallegos’ subcollection of Masudaya “Gang” members includes boxed examples of Target, Radicon, Lavender and Train (Non-Stop) Robots. Pictured here are two very nice robots, both boxed -- at left, a Sparky, and at right, a Pug Robby.
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Stephenson's to auction John Dieterly collection of toys, trains on May 8
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Distler (German) lithographed tin wind-up Monkeys on Seesaw. Stephenson’s Auctioneers image

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Stephenson’s Auctioneers, estate specialists based in Bucks County (suburban Philadelphia), Pa., will open its doors to welcome toy and train collectors on Friday, May 8, as it presents the John Dieterly collection, Part I. LiveAuctioneers will provide absentee and Internet live bidding services.

A vast assemblage formed over a 35-year period, the Dieterly toys filled countless shelves and cabinets in the consignor’s spacious four-story home in Montgomery County.

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Bertoia’s Mar. 27-28 auction of Max Berry toys Pt. II boosts series total to $6M
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Mary and Her Little Lamb bell toy, Gong Bell Mfg. Co., considered the finest known example, provenance: Covert Hegarty collection, $14,400. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – Washington attorney Max Berry left Bertoia’s gallery on March 28th with a smile on his face – not because Part II of his collection had just been auctioned for $2.92 million, but because of the enthusiastic way in which the toy community had come together over a two-day period to celebrate his lifetime of achievement in the hobby.

“Max was happy to see who the next caretakers of his toys would be,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “He was very focused throughout the entire auction and did a lot of positive nodding.” Added to the $3.1 million realized by Part I of Berry’s collection last Nov. 14-15, the March 27-28 auction pushed the series grand total to $6.02 million. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of buyer’s premium.

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