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Slot car sets, farm toys to be featured at M&M Auctions, May 30

HOLBEACH, UK – M&M Auctions’ sale on May 30 is dedicated to specialist farm toys, diecast models and collectibles. The…

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Marklin 'Stephenson's Rocket' train sells for $121K at Noel Barrett auction

NEW HOPE, Pa. - If variety is the spice of life, auction house owner Noel Barrett was the undisputed king…

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How To: Michael Bertoia Discusses Collecting Antique Toy Banks

Michael Bertoia, Auctioneer/Coordinator at Bertoia Auctions, has 8 years of experience working with toy banks and other collectibles. He tells us the fascinating story behind the popularity of antique toy banks

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Barrel of Monkeys opens up about turning 50

Everyone of a certain age remembers playing the game Barrel of Monkeys. The author provides a behind-the-scenes account of how…

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Old Toy Soldier May 29-31 auction features top-notch Mike Endres collection

PITTSBURGH – Bidders are on their marks, and battle lines have been drawn for Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ (OTSA) May…

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Morphy Auctions to offer robot collection, European toy cars May 30-31

DENVER, Pa. – Robots are on the march again at Morphy’s. The Pennsylvania company’s May 30-31 Toy Auction containing 1,450…

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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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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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Come one, come all to Old Town Auctions’ Aug. 24 end-of-summer toy auction
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Aurora factory store display ‘Hank’s Speed Shop’ with many accessories including mechanic figure, Ford Pinto funny car, tools, shop equipment, Coke machine. Old Town Auctions image.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Old Town Auctions, which is known for its collector-friendly events and expertise in automotive toys, will cap off the summer season with an Aug. 24 mixed-toy sale at the Grand Venice Hotel & Conference Center in Hagerstown, Maryland. The approximately 500-lot auction will feature both older and newer transportation toys including a formidable lineup of vintage pressed-steel vehicles and an array of diecast by Corgi, Matchbox and Hubley.

Other standout categories include American and Japanese tin litho toys; an advanced 20-year collection of Mack Truck advertising and promotional items; and a small but select assortment of dolls and doll clothing.
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John Coker's Oct. 29-30 no-reserve auction loaded with toys, lunchboxes
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NEW MARKET, Tenn. – John W. Coker's always-popular auctions typically feature fine and decorative art, but when the opportunity arose to handle two outstanding toy and lunchbox collections – each from a collector of 40+ years – he jumped at the chance. More than 100 cardboard boxes later, Coker knew he had the makings of a terrific auction, and one that toy collectors “would go crazy over.”

Coker’s 1,000-lot Oct. 29-30 event, which features Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com, is 100% unreserved. “Whatever the high bid is, that’s what the toy, lunchbox or folk art item will sell for,” Coker said.

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Morphy's to auction toys, trains Barbies and more on Dec. 11
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Carette (Germany) hand-painted clockwork limousine with beveled-glass windshield, rubber tires, 12 ½ inches long. Estimate $6,000-$9,000. Morphy Auctions image.

DENVER, Pa. - This year collectors won't have to wait till Christmas to add a great toy, train or Barbie doll to their shelf or showcase. The second session of Morphy's Dec. 10-11 antiques auction can make that happen two weeks early - if you're the winning bidder on any of approximately 850 choice lots.

The auction, which features Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com,  will open with a fantastic selection of more than 1,000 vintage Barbie dolls and related items, apportioned into 150 lots. All are from the revered Cristol/Glickman collection of Chicago, which was amassed over two several decades.

Among the top dolls in the collection is an original 1959 blond No. 1 Barbie in a striped swimsuit and high heels, complete with posing stand and original box. It is expected to make $3,500-$5,000 at auction.