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‘Serious’ array of toys, pop culture in Morphy’s Sept. 6-7 auction
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Baravelli (Italy) circa-1966 boxed Batman Rocket Gun. Est. $1,000-$1,500. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – The first Toy & Pop Culture Auction produced by Morphy’s under the supervision of specialist Tom Miano will be held over the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. Miano, founder of Serious Toyz, is now a member of Morphy’s team and heads the Pop Culture department. He called on his many longtime customers and connections within the toy community to create a fantastic 1,271-lot lineup of items that includes:

• 400 lots of slot cars

• Spy toys and collectibles, including an extremely rare James Bond Thunderball gun in box, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. Illya Kuryakin gun set in box, original movie posters, and much more

• Superhero items including a rare Baravelli Batman Rocket Gun in box, and one of only two known examples of a 1942 DC Comics promotional ashtray, plus a grouping of scarce Green Hornet items

• Die-cast Dinky vehicles, including a highly sought-after Gift Set #990 in box

• Beatles items, including a record player in beautiful condition, a boxed Big Six Guitar, a factory-sealed box of Hair Pomade, a Yellow Submarine production animation cel, and more

• Approximately 50 Japanese tin cars, including coveted examples by Marusan, Isuzuki, Alps, Bandai, Yonezawa and many others

• A nice assortment of original 1960s/’70s rock concert posters and record store displays for Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley and many more

• An extremely rare MIB example of Remco’s "Hamilton Invaders" Playset, a boxed Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea set, a rare Frankenstein figural candle, and many other sci-fi/monster lots

• TV character collectibles, including many rare and hard-to-find items from The Munsters, Addams Family and many other ’60s TV favorites

• A collection of ventriloquist toys including Charlie McCarthy, and characters made famous by Paul Winchell, Shari Lewis and others

• A large group of unfired Western cap guns, including boxed examples of a Kilgore "Long Tom" and a Nichols Stallion 41-40, as well as cowboy and Western items from Hop-a-Long Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke and others

• Toys and collectibles for cartoon favorites from Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Harvey, United Features, Warner Bros and many others, including toys, figures, animation production cels and more

• Space toys: rare tin battery-ops, ray guns and robots; plus space character toys from Lost in Space, Star Wars, Star Trek, and more

• Tin battery-ops in boxes, including a Marx Kooky Spooky Tree and NBC camera truck

• Many other types of toys and pop-culture collectibles, including board games, dolls, model kits, retail displays, movie posters, advertising, gas station premiums and much more

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

altView the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Usagiya (Japan) early 1960s Fiat friction car in original box, one of two color variations of this model to be offered. Est. $50-$100. Morphy Auctions image

The Beatles record player, 1964, one of only 5,000 produced. Est. $2,500-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image


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Flying Spaceman on motorcycle lands in top slot in Morphy's Feb. 15 auction
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DENVER, Pa. – An exceptional boxed example of a Bandai 12-inch “Flying Spaceman” took a wild ride on February 15th at Morphy’s before settling at $55,200 – more than three times its high estimate. Described in the Toy Auction catalog as being “possibly the best known example,” the crisp and colorful Japanese tin-litho motorcycle toy features a vinyl-caped hard-rubber “Superman” rider with a large tin “S” insignia on its chest.

“This particular toy was new/old stock with its original box and was found in a toy store in Japan. It’s very uncommon to find a Flying Spaceman in such nice condition, especially with the Superman shield still intact,” said Morphy Auctions’ owner, Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of interest in the toy prior to our sale, and it didn’t surprise me that it went for as much money as it did.”

Robots and space toys were strong across the board, Morphy said, with interest from around the world. “I’ve never seen online bidding as active as it was for this sale. From start to finish, there were at least 300 bidders on the Internet at any given time.” The auction grossed $996,000 (all prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium). LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services for the sale.
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Selections from GR Webster toy airplane collection to fly over Stephenson’s March 15 Dolls, Toys & Trains Auction
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J. Chein & Co. Mechanical Ferris Wheel with Disney characters, boxed. Stephenson’s image.

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Vintage toy airplanes and other aviation-related items from the renowned Capt. GR Webster collection anchor the March 15 Spring Dolls, Toys & Trains Auction at Stephenson’s. The metro Philadelphia company has auctioned portions of the Webster collection in the past, each time attracting enthusiastic bidding from collectors worldwide.

The aviation selection, like everything else in the colorful 300-lot session, will be auctioned absolute and without reserve, meaning it will sell to the highest bidder regardless of price. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

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O'Hearn toys part II, 50-year doll collection, Baird advertising clocks at Morphy's, Oct. 15-16
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J. & E. Stevens cast-iron mechanical Boy Scout bank in near-mint-plus condition, estimate $12,000-$14,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. - The selection just keeps getting better in Dan Morphy's toy auctions, the next of which is slated for Oct. 15-16 and will feature the extraordinary Cristol/Glickman family's doll collection, the advertising clocks of longtime collectors Jerry and Millie Maltz, and part II of the Michael O'Hearn vintage toy collection. The 1,850-lot auction will appeal to those who seek "fresh-to-market antiques with deep provenance," said Morphy's founder and CEO, Dan Morphy. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

The opening session will feature an extensive lineup of toys, many coming from the collection of retired California architect Michael O'Hearn. The grouping includes more than 100 Japanese windup toys, 400+ Japanese car lots, 75+ character toy lots and more than 75 examples of pressed steel.

Among the toy highlights are a boxed, tin friction Ford Sunliner, estimate $4,000-$6,000; and many other boxed 1950s-'60s Japanese versions of Oldsmobiles, Plymouths, Buicks and other brands in near-mint condition. The wide-ranging O'Hearn collection also includes space toys, such as a boxed Moon Patrol Space Division No. 3 car, $1,800-$3,000; and a Bandai Space Patrol Super Cycle, $3,000-$6,000.

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