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Bertoia’s to auction Washington attorney Max Berry’s lifetime collection of antique toys and mechanical banks

VINELAND, N.J. – Jeanne Bertoia, owner of Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, announced today that her company has been…

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury to sell hand-built model trains Sept. 10

LONDON – Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions will conduct the sale of the Dennis Brown Collection of gauge 1 locomotives as…

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Toy collectors grabbed 'many brass rings' at Bertoia's $1.95M Spring Toy Break Auction

VINELAND, N.J. – There were smiles on many bidders’ faces as they departed Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Toy Break Auction on…

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Industry news flows from Comic-Con International
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There were literally thousands of fans in costume, also known as 'cosplayers,' at the convention. Photo by J. Kevin Topham-Ostrich.

SAN DIEGO – Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Comic-Con International: San Diego, saw the Hollywood PR machine in full force, literally thousands of attendees in costume, and plenty of transactions going on from comic books and T-shirts to movie prop replicas and limited edition hardcover books.

Attendees filled panel discussion after panel discussion, the show floor, and seemingly every bit of walking space between the San Diego Convention Center and the entire historic Gaslamp Quarter. Local hotels, restaurants, cabs, car services and pedi-cabs reported brisk – and frequently overflowing – business.
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Robots, advertising, Western collectibles and toys, toys, toys at Morphy’s, Dec. 6-8
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J. & E. Stevens cast-iron Lion Hunter mechanical bank, est. $40,000-$50,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s big December Premier Auction is many a toy collector’s favorite way to usher in the holiday season. This year’s event, slated for Dec. 6-8, is brimming with 2,800 lots of toys, banks and other choice pieces that would put a Christmas-morning gleam in any bidder’s eye. The three-day offering also features several top-notch collections, including the late Tom Winge’s cowboy and Western toy collection, Part II of the Jack Matthews toy soldier collection, and Dave DiMartino’s collections of robots, space toys, and vintage advertising figures. Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com

The Thursday, Dec. 6 session will open with 150+ occupational shaving mugs. Estimates range from $500-$3,000. A crane operator mug is expected to fetch $2,000-$3,000.

Approximately 60 lots of upright coin-operated machines will follow. Leading the category is a Gabel’s Double Dewey 5/25-cent machine, which is estimated at $100,000-$125,000. Other upright coin-op highlights include a Mills Lone Star 5-cent machine, est. $90,000-$110,000; and a Caille Bullfrog 5-cent model, $40,000-$60,000.

Next to cross the block will be Dave DiMartino’s figural advertising collection. The figures in this collection – many made in the 1940s/’50s – promote automobiles, clothing, alcoholic beverages, health care products and other goods. Among DiMartino’s favorites are figures pitching Dr. Scholl’s, Bostonian Shoes, Martell Cognac and Keen’s Korn Kure, which is a mechanical window display, est. $1,500-$2,000.
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Heritage's comic book auction could top $6M Feb. 22-24
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Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

NEW YORK – The Billy Wright Collection, a newly CGC-pedigreed collection—featuring five of the top six comic books in the hobby, all unrestored and all offered without reserves—leads the way in Heritage’s Feb. 22-24 Vintage Comics and Comic Art Signature® Auction, taking place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 E. 79th St. (at Fifth Avenue).

“While a relatively small collection of little more than 300 comic books,” said Lon Allen, managing director of Comics Auctions at Heritage. “The Billy Wright Collection represents not only five of the top six comics in the business, but also 45 of the top 100 comics overall, all unrestored.”

Those top comics include Detective Comics no. 27 (DC, 1939) CGC FN+ 6.5, the first appearance of “The Bat Man” (Estimate: $475,000+); Action Comics no. 1 (DC, 1938) CGC GD/VG 3.0, the most important comic book ever published (Estimate: $325,000+); All-American Comics no. 16 (DC, 1940) CGC VF 8.0, the debut of Green Lantern (Estimate: $125,000+); Batman no. 1 (DC, 1940) CGC VF+ 8.5, a superb copy of the first official Batman comic (Estimate: $125,000) and Marvel Comics no. 1 (Timely, 1939) CGC VF- 7.5 (Estimate: $125,000+).

In complement to the Billy Wright copy of Detective no. 27, Heritage will also be offering another copy of the famed comic book, this one in a lesser grade, CGC 2.0, estimated at $80,000+, giving collectors two chances to own one of the greatest comic books of all time.

Collectors will also take special note of the amazing Curator Pedigree run of Fantastic Four comics, led by a superb CGC 9.4 graded copy of Fantastic Four no. 5, estimated at $55,000+.

“Not much is known about this collection,” said Ed Jaster, senior vice president of Heritage Auctions, “but many experts agree that the Curator books are among the best Silver Age Marvel comics available, and many of these FFs are the highest-graded copies in existence.”
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Morphy’s Feb. 9-11 auction laden with toys, trains, comics
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Marklin 1-gauge King Ludwig’s Bavarian Royal Court train set, contemporary limited edition with three original boxes; original cost $7,500. Est. $2,000-$4,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. – More than 2,000 lots of antique toys, trains, advertising and rare comics are primed and ready to make their appearance Feb. 9-11 in Morphy Auctions’ first sale of 2012. Start times are set for 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. for the Saturday session. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding for all three days.

The fun begins with 350+ lots of Coca-Cola and other soda pop advertising. Highlights include a 1929 Orange Crush calendar with full pad, est. $700-$1,200; a 1900 Coca-Cola serving tray, $3,000-$4,000; and a complete set of 10 original Coca-Cola advertising pocket mirrors from the years 1906-1916. The set is expected to fetch $1,800-$2,500.

Following the soda pop section, there will be 150 general advertising lots, including an Ingraham Hills Liver Ticker reverse-on-glass clock with the image of a pretty girl, $3,000-$4,000; and a small grouping of dye cabinets, including examples promoting Peerless Dyes and Diamond Dyes.

After a very successful initial outing in December at Morphy’s, part two of an advanced collection of advertising figures will cross the auction block, together with additional consignments of comparable quality. In all, there are approximately 100 lots of figures produced from the 1920s to 1950s.
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All-star cast in Universal Live animation sale Dec. 27
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Original production cel used in the production of a Dr. Seuss cartoon, believed to be produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, 10 1/2 inches x 12 1/2 inches. Estimate: $100-$160. Image courtesy of Universal Live. NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Animation art—the second half of a dealer’s large collection—will comprise Universal Live’s entire auction Tuesday, Dec. 27, which will begin at 6 p.m. Central. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

Universal Live President Martin Sharp said that of the 338 lots to be sold “at least 50 percent of them are new characters” since the suburban Chicago auction company sold the first half of the collection on Dec. 11.

Many of the lots are original production animation cels, some dating as early as the 1940s. Others are serigraph cels produced in limited editions. There are also original paintings of comic characters by Dick Duerrstein, who was creative director of Disney’s Consumer Product Division before devoting his career totally to creating artwork.

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Superheroes, comic book stars in Universal Live Dec. 11 animation art sale
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Original animation production cel and background from the TV series ‘X-Men,’ signed in black Sharpie by Stan Lee. Est. $550-$840. Universal Live image.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – The suburban Chicago auction house Universal Live is wall to wall with artist-signed animation cels and original production art in the run-up to its Dec. 11 sale, which will feature Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The 206-lot selection comes from a noted dealer who is moving into other areas of art.

Universal Live president Martin Shape remarked, “In terms of quality, it is the best assortment of original animation art we have ever offered. There’s some very collectible, early material that’s very hard to find. You just don’t find it any more. And there’s tremendous variety – every conceivable subject in animation art is included.” Among the characters represented in the sale are Yogi Bear, Woody Woodpecker, Frankenstein Jr., Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Ren and Stimpy, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones, and additionally, nearly every superhero to leap from comic book pages in the past 50 years.

Shape said the earliest artwork in the sale is an animation production drawing of the Disney character Goofy, from the 1939 film “Goofy and Wilbur.” A black-pencil on paper depiction of Goofy out for a day of fishing with his grasshopper friend, the 10 by 12 inch drawing is conservatively estimated at $200-$310.

Disney drawings and cels cover a period of several decades, into the 1970s, and include Snow White & 7 Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Jungle Book (1967), Tarzan (1970), Bambi (1942) and many more.
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Action Comics #1 featuring Superman’s debut sells for record $2,161,000
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NEW YORK (ACNI) – In a story worthy of a comic book adventure itself, a highly graded copy of Action Comics #1 has set a world record price for a comic book, selling yesterday for more than $2.1 million. The 1938 comic book, stolen a decade ago from a high-profile collector and thought lost forever, was rediscovered earlier this year in an abandoned storage unit.

Certified by independent third-party grading firm Certified Guaranty (CGC) as a 9.0 (out of 10) – the highest-graded, publicly certified copy of Action Comics #1 – the book featuring the first appearance of Superman was auctioned by ComicConnect.com for $2,161,000. It was the culmination of a journey that amazed many.

The bidding for the issue closed at 7:25 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, after 50 bids. The keenly watched offering had cleared the million-dollar mark earlier, joining only four other comic books that have achieved such heights.

ComicConnect sold the first of them, a CGC-certified 8.0 copy of Action Comics #1, February 22, 2010, for $1 million. Three days later, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions sold a CGC-certified 8.0 copy of Detective Comics #27 – the May 1939 publication heralding the first appearance of Batman – for $1,075,500. ComicConnect reclaimed the top spot on March 30, 2010 with the sale of a CGC-certified 8.5 copy of Action Comics #1 for $1.5 million.

Additionally, the company sold a CGC-certified 9.6 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the August 1962 first appearance of Spider-Man, for $1.1 million in March 2011. ComicConnect does not charge a buyer’s premium.
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Abell’s Celebrity Collector’s Auction set for Dec. 3 in LA
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Porsche Spyder battery-operated kids car, Pennewitz design, serial number 5500086, length 62 inches. Estimate $1,000-$2,000. Abell Auctions image.

LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12 noon Pacific time, Abell Auction Co. will present a special Celebrity Collector’s Auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale consists of 300 lots of American and international film posters, Disneyana, comic books, toys and related art; and first-edition books. Additionally, bidders will be able to choose from an outstanding selection of fine and modern art, designer luggage, furniture and cars.

This auction will feature: a Leica M7 Hermes Edition camera (in original box), Louis Vuitton and Cristofle travel bar set, Louis Vuitton luggage, Ferrari and Lamborghini luggage, a life-size limited edition “Robby the Robot” by Fred Barton, (ed. 14/100), Japanese samurai armor and swords, model trains, exotic humidors, McIntosh stereo components, Ramones electric guitar with dedication from Johnny Ramone, collection of vintage pinball machines, a 1955 Cadillac Series 60 Fleetwood sedan, a male skeleton in a glass enclosure, comic book hero figurines and an important library of first edition books including Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Italian, German, American and Russian film posters include Walt Disney’s Bambi, A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, Blow Up, Il Conformista, The Incredible Shrinking Man and 2001: A Space Oddysey. Italian and French liquor and other advertisements include Massiot Sandeman, Roby's Toni Kola "La Belle et la Bete," Viano "Manon," Licor Sant Jordi and others. In addition, a series of vintage Egyptian and European travel posters will be auctioned.
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Fun ahead in Old Town's June 11-12 Spring Treasure Hunt
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Corgi toys include a Beatles Yellow Submarine, Green Hornet ‘Black Beauty’ Crime Fighting Car, Batmobile and Chipperfields Land-Rover with Elephant and Cage on Trailer. Old Town Auctions image.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Get ready to turn back the clock and spend a fun-filled weekend bidding, buying and socializing the way it used to be done in the 1980s and ’90s. Matt Protos, owner of Old Town Auctions, says “old school” hotel room and parking lot trading will be encouraged at his company’s June 11-12 auction containing 1,000+ antique and vintage toys, antique advertising and funky “techno” and folk art. The auction, known as Old Town’s “Spring Treasure Hunt,” will be held at the Grand Venice Hotel in Hagerstown, Md., between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

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