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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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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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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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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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Tom Corbett Space Cadet lunchbox with Thermos. John W. Coker Auctions image.

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.