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Motivated new bidders discover antique toys at Bertoia Auctions’ $1.2M season opener, March 28-29

VINELAND, N.J. – Whether high-end European productions of a century ago or mid-range boomer toys produced for the prosperous postwar...

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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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1,200+ toys, trains & figural cast-iron novelties in Morphy’s July 26-27 Toy Auction
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Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind Astro-Scout robot with original box, est. $4,000-$8,000. Morphy Auctions image

DENVER, Pa. – The trains will be rolling at Morphy’s over the weekend of July 26-27. More than 700 railroad-related lots are entered in the big 1,294-lot Premier Toy Auction featuring all types of toys, trains, wind-ups and vehicles, as well as figural cast-iron doorstops and more. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Topping the train group is Lot 226, a 5-piece Elektoy passenger set consisting of a complete and original brass steam locomotive with tender marked “PENN. R.R.” Likewise, the combo car is complete and original. The set’s passenger cars are lettered for “PRR” and New York, New Haven and New Hartford.” In overall very good condition, this desirable set is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Other eye-catching lots in this section include two rare, early trolleys – one by Howard and one by Lionel – and a Delker train store display.
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Hake’s July 15-17 auction shines spotlight on super-rare Disney toys from estate of Maurice Sendak
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From the Estate of author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), two of the most sought-after of all German-made Disney toys: (left) Saalheimer & Strauss Mickey Mouse with Moving Mouth and (right) Wilhelm Krauss Mickey Mouse Double Slate Dancers. Each is entered in Hake’s July 15-17, 2014 auction with a $20,000-$35,000 estimate.

YORK, Pa. – They shared the same birth year, became lifelong friends and lived happily ever after – that was the story of celebrated Where The Wild Things Are author/illustrator Maurice Sendak and cartoon icon Mickey Mouse. Both made their “debuts” in 1928. And almost as though they shared the same DNA, Sendak and his comical kindred spirit went on to entertain multiple generations of children.

In a book that accompanied the 2005 Jewish Museum of New York art exhibition titled Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak, the author is quoted as saying that Mickey Mouse was “a source of joy and pleasure while growing up.”

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Hi-yo, Silver! Clayton Moore's Lone Ranger outfit heads to auction in Texas, July 12th
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WACO, Texas – “From out of the west with the speed of light and a hearty ‘Hi-yo, Silver!” was a phrase that captivated youngsters of the 1950s and could spur them into furious action. Each week, those words were the verbal cue for kids to adjust the rabbit ears, huddle in front of the family TV and wait anxiously for the next big adventure starring their favorite hero on horseback, The Lone Ranger.

Since The Lone Ranger’s radio introduction to American audiences in 1933, many actors have voiced or played the lead role, across various media. None, however, captured the public’s imagination quite like Clayton Moore, who portrayed the masked lawman of the Old West on the ABC-TV series The Lone Ranger, which ran from 1949 through 1957.
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Tom Miano, founder of Serious Toyz™, heads new Pop Culture department at Morphy Auctions
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Tom Miano, Morphy Auctions’ newly appointed Pop Culture Expert, with some of his favorite toys and pop culture collectibles. Photo by Steve Lesnick Photography / stevelesnick.com.

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ Antique & Vintage Toy division is in expansion mode yet again. Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that Tom Miano of Serious Toyz™ has joined the Pennsylvania company’s team of specialists. Miano, whose new title is Pop Culture Expert, will be acquiring consignments and managing sales of vintage toys and pop-culture collectibles for Morphy’s, starting with a September 6 auction of character, postwar and space toys.

“Tom’s auction house, Serious Toyz™, is a favorite with collectors. They love it. In the 19 years that Tom has been the hands-on owner and operator of the company, he has built an outstanding reputation,” said Morphy. “He’s well liked by everyone in the industry, and consignors know they can depend on his knowledge and expertise. He will be a tremendous asset to our operation.”
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Stephenson’s June 20 auction features 400 lots of vintage toys, dolls and Lionel trains
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Lionel pre-war train set. Stephenson's Auction image SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Dolls, toys and trains representing a timeline of more than 130 years will cross the auction block on Friday, June 20th at Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia. The 400-lot offering spans a legacy of toy making that begins with a cast-iron African-American-themed “Jolly” bank made in 1883 and runs all the way through the boomer era, represented by lithographed-tin toys of the 1950s-’60s, Lionel trains, and dolls. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“The auction includes a mixed selection with approximately half of the lots being dolls and the other fifty percent divided almost evenly between trains and toys of various types,” said Cindy Stephenson, owner of Stephenson’s Auctioneers & Appraisers.
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Toy collectors grabbed 'many brass rings' at Bertoia's $1.95M Spring Toy Break Auction
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VINELAND, N.J. – There were smiles on many bidders’ faces as they departed Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Toy Break Auction on May 9th and 10th. “It was a terrific sale, and there was a great camaraderie throughout,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “As they headed out the door with their purchases, everybody was chattering about the toys and the prices they had sold for. They were saying, ‘You have to have another sale like that.’”

It would be easier said than done to re-create a lineup rivaling Frank Loveland’s trains and trolleys; horse-drawn and bell toys from the late Harvey Funderwhite’s collection, and the numerous high-end European, automotive and early American toys from other consignors that bolstered the $1.95 million sale (all prices quoted include 18% buyer’s premium). LiveAuctioneers provided the Internet live-bidding services.

“Some of the prices were eye-opening – approaching what some would call investment level,” Bertoia said. “The gross for the sale surpassed the total high estimate by 25 percent, which is remarkable.”
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Old Toy Soldier to auction premier James Henderson collection, June 27-29
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Britains ‘special paint’ band commissioned for H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, estimate $9,000-$12,000. Old Toy Soldier Auctions image

PITTSBURGH – Old Toy Soldier’s (OTSA) November 2013 auction grossed a record-setting $590,000 for the Pennsylvania-based company, but owner Ray Haradin thinks that record may soon be shattered. Over the weekend of June 27-29, OTSA will present the James A. Henderson collection as the featured highlight of its approximately 1,500-lot auction – an assemblage of soldiers that Haradin describes as “the most exciting collection [he has] handled to date.” LiveAuctioneers will provide the Internet live bidding services for the sale.

One of America’s top executives, Henderson retired from Cummins Engine Co. Inc. after a distinguished 35-year career that took him to the pinnacle of success. He held senior leadership positions at Cummins beginning in 1977, when he was appointed president and chief operating officer. Eventually he rose to the ranks of chairman and CEO. In his free time, Henderson avidly collected Britains – the best of the best.

“James Henderson has always appreciated provenance, and his collection is filled with rarities formerly in the collections of His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, Britains’ Archive, Malcolm Forbes and Ed Ruby,” said Haradin. “He started collecting in the early 1980s and was very active through the turn of the 21st century, with an emphasis on buying from ‘name’ collections.”
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Mosby & Co. to auction top-quality antique toys, coin-ops & advertising items, June 7
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Original gouache on artist's board depicting the Santa Fe Super Stream Liner, created for 1952 Lionel catalog. Provenance: California estate of retired Lionel executive. Mosby & Co. image

FREDERICK, Md. – Approximately 450 lots of antique toys, coin-ops and advertising will cross the auction block at a Saturday, June 7 sale conducted by Mosby & Co., at the firm’s gallery located at 5714-A Industry Lane in Frederick, Maryland. The auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Approximately 350 lots will be dedicated to toys and toy trains. Internet live bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com.

“There’s good, solid merchandise in this sale, including wonderful antique toys from two major single-owner collections, plus other quality consignments,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. “One of the collections is so massive, it will take three auctions to liquidate it all. Part I includes fine examples of German, American and Japanese toys.”

Trains also feature prominently. A strong candidate for top-lot honors is an original Lionel gouache painting depicting a Santa Fe Super Streamliner train roaring through the desert. The work is from the estate of a former Lionel executive and was created as catalog art in 1952. In its wood frame, it measures 29½ inches by 10 inches.
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