A-
 A 
A+

Auctions Spotlight

Click on the slide!

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…

Click on the slide!

VIDEO: LIVEAUCTIONEERS

LiveAuctioneers brings auction excitement and real-time bidding to your desktop, laptop or mobile device. This entertaining video shows you how…

Click on the slide!

Noel Barrett to auction fine toys, carousel animals, trains & advertising Dec. 5-6

CARVERSVILLE, Pa. – Recent reports of a massive, wild-eyed dragon in the quaint village of Carversville, Pennsylvania, haven’t been a…

Frontpage Slideshow (version 2.0.0) - Copyright © 2006-2008 by JoomlaWorks
Tag >> circus
vintagetraintoyTonkatinplatetin lithoSimon & Halbigpressed steelMickey Mousemechanical bankmagic lanternLionelKestnerGI JoedollcircusChristmascast ironcarnivalblack AmericanaBarbiebankauction 16 Jun 2014
Stephenson’s June 20 auction features 400 lots of vintage toys, dolls and Lionel trains
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)
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.
traintoytinplatetin lithopressed steelpedal carLionelJapaneseGunthermanncoin-opCoca-Colaclockworkcircusbattery opautomotiveauctionAmerican Flyeradvertising 3 Jun 2014
Mosby & Co. to auction top-quality antique toys, coin-ops & advertising items, June 7
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

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.
windupVindextrainShimmerpull toypressed steelmotorcycleMarklinKentonDentclockworkcircuscast ironcarouselCarettebankArcadeairplane 20 Aug 2013
Planes, trains and more at Pook & Pook toy auction Sept. 6-7
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

Pook & Pook Inc. image.

DOWNINGTOWN, PA. – Santa’s workshop doesn’t have anything on Pook & Pook these days. Looking out over the auction hall it is hard to miss the 45 tables and 16 showcases packed with antique children’s playthings, from cast-iron vehicles and banks to dolls to plush animals to board games. On Sept. 6-7, Pook & Pook Inc. will begin the fall season with a two-day toy sale that includes over 1,400 lots. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
traintoytin lithoteddySteiffSimon & HalbigSchoenhutpressed steelmonsterMarxMarseilleMarklinLionelLehmannkewpiehelicopterHalloweenGI JoedollhousedolldiecastclockworkcircusBritainsauctionantiqueairplane 8 Aug 2013
Stephenson's plans colorful parade of dolls, toys & trains, Aug. 16
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

Revell Gran Turismo Racing set in original box. Stephenson’s image.

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – If antique and vintage toy collectors could keep one source a secret to themselves, it would be Stephenson’s Auctioneers’ Doll, Toy & Train Auctions. Estate specialists who cover the Greater Philadelphia tri-state area, Stephenson’s experts have access to many long-held collections that aren’t even known to the collecting hobby. The next Stephenson’s toy auction to watch for is a 300-lot event slated for Friday, August 16th. The start time is 10 a.m. Eastern, and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

A prime candidate for top-lot status is a choice Lionel Freight Train Set No. 2293W. The circa-1961 set is complete with Pennsylvania GG-1 electric locomotive, milk car, transformer car, caboose, signal posts and even the four factory vehicles toted on the auto transport car. The set is in mint condition with outstanding paint and retains both its set box and individual boxes for storing the loco, tender and freight cars.
toypostergamecoin-opcircuscast ironcarouselcarnival 23 Apr 2013
NYC gallery to host Coney Island ‘Sideshow’ exhibit & sale May 2-25
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

alt

NEW YORK – The heart-stopping whoosh of a roller coaster on its downward trajectory, the sugary smell of cotton candy and salt water taffy, the sideshow barker’s incessant chant to “step right up and see the strangest sights on earth.” All played their roles in creating indelible memories for the millions of people who visited Coney Island over the last century.

While the golden era of New York’s most beloved amusement park has come and gone, relics of Coney Island’s colorful history and photos of its amazing cast of performers move back into the spotlight in “Sideshow,” an exhibition and sale running May 2-25 at The Ross Art Group’s Manhattan gallery. Sideshow’s featured collection belongs to Dr. Robert M. Lerch, a New York City physician and longtime collector of the bizarre and unusual. The exhibition chronicles roughly the first 50 years of Coney Island – whose first enclosed amusement park area opened in 1895 – with additional pieces from other early 20th-century carnivals and circuses.

The “backbone” of the show, said Ross Art Group’s owner, Mickey Ross, is the collection of 28 original architectural drawings and blueprints that conceptualized Coney Island carnival rides and structures.

“The drawings were created by amusement park ride inventor and manufacturer William F. Mangels (German/American, 1867-1958) and depict such classic rides as the ‘Whip,’ Loop roller coaster, and carousel horses with a mechanical function,” Ross said. Like all other items in the exhibition, the architectural designs will be available for purchase.

One of the most remarkable inclusions in the collection is the assemblage of circus photos by itinerant photographer Edward J. Kelty (American, 1888–1967). The grouping includes a number of Kelty’s inimitable 11 by 20in panoramic shots of performers known collectively as “the Congress of Freaks.”

“Kelty had a fascination for human oddities and spent 20 years following and photographing circus troupes. Once a year, the entire Ringling Brothers ‘Freak Show’ cast would gather for a group shot. It was a big event,” said Ross. “The pictures include every imaginable type of performer – sword swallowers, snake charmers, bearded ladies, fire eaters, and ‘giants and midgets,’ plus aerialists and clowns.” Kelty’s Congress of Freaks photos, which originally were sold to the performers themselves as mementos, are highly sought after by today’s collectors.
YonezawavintageShirley TempleSchoenhutMarxMarklinLionelLehmannHubleyGI JoefiguresdollDisneyDinkyclockworkcircusCheinBritainsBarbieBandaiauctionAmerican Flyerairplane 7 Mar 2013
Selections from GR Webster toy airplane collection to fly over Stephenson’s March 15 Dolls, Toys & Trains Auction
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

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.

toyPopeyeKentonHubleycircuscast ironcap gunautomotiveauctionArcade 18 Feb 2013
Bertoia's presents a no-reserve cast-iron toy auction March 16
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

Strike up the bandwagon! Bertoia’s may decide to hold even more Concept Auctions if they prove to be music to customers’ ears. Bertoia Auctions image.

VINELAND, N.J. – On Saturday, March 16, Bertoia Auctions will present their 300-lot Concept Auction, in which all lots will be sold absolute and without reserve -- meaning each lot will sell for whatever price the auctioneer states as being final as the hammer falls. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide the Internet live bidding.

The auction will consist exclusively of cast-iron toys – primarily automotive, horse-drawn and work vehicles, supplemented by farm accessories, miniature cast-iron furniture and automotive accessories, such as gas pumps and street signs. Also included in the mix are cast-iron airplanes, motorcycles, doorstops, bottle openers, paperweights and toy stoves and ranges. There will also be a small section of banks in the sale.

Most items will be offered as groups in affinity lots containing three to five pieces per lot. Bertoia Auctions’ owner, Jeanne Bertoia, said the mixed lots contain “many eye-openers…There are a few near-mint-condition autos and many more-affordable toys that any entry-level collector would be proud to acquire.”

The list of automotive highlights includes numerous Kenton buses, a Kenton coal truck and Los Angeles blimp; a Hubley crash car and fire pumper, an Arcade panel van and other Arcade toys in boxes; a few Vindex pieces and several Buicks. The selection is rounded out by a multitude of work vehicles of various colors, sizes and types.
Westerntoytinplatetin lithoteddypostermechanical bankgamecircusauctionantiqueairplaneadvertising 24 Oct 2012
Mosby's Nov. 10 auction features banks, toys, Americana & Civil War relics
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

19th-century prototype sheet brass mechanical bank known as ‘Mr. Winkle’s First Shot,’ made from an inkwell. Mosby & Co. image.

FREDERICK, Md. – “Our customers like variety and the element of surprise that comes from never knowing what great things they’ll find in our sales,” said Keith Spurgeon, owner of Mosby & Co. Auctions. “They won’t be disappointed with what’s in store at our November 10th event.”

The 600-lot auction, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com, covers dozens of collecting categories, including still and mechanical banks, toys, military and historical relics; and Americana in many of its most coveted forms. The session will begin with part one of a single-owner collection of 120 American and European figural ceramic still banks with a timeframe ranging from the late 19th century through the mid-1950s. Top lots include a glazed, hand-painted Staffordshire spaniel head and a scarce German figural jester-head bank.

Leading the cast-iron mechanical banks is an Australian Grenadiers bank that may be the first example to turn up in the United States. It is designed similarly to the “Creedmoor” bank but includes a dog companion for the soldier. A prototype English bell-ringing brass bank, “Mr. Winkle’s First Shot,” was fashioned from an inkwell and depicts a hunter and a soldier that pops up when a coin is inserted.

Other mechanical banks include a Teddy and Bear, Artillery and a mystery bank discovered in California that displays writing in both Japanese and English. “We can’t determine whether it was made in America for the Japanese market or vice versa,” Spurgeon said. Made of embossed, copper-flashed tin, it has a paper-litho dial and a wheel that spins through the days of the week.

Tin toy highlights include a boxed Hans Eberl Topsy Turvy Tom wind-up car and boxed Gunthermann Fokker tri-motor. An appealing boxed French Tivoli Star marble-launching game comes with six cloth-dressed clowns with composition heads and wood bodies.
traintoyPopeyeLionelIvescircuscast ironcap gunblack Americanabicycleautomotiveauctionantique 9 Apr 2012
Mosby & Co. to auction hundreds of early posters, Americana, toys Apr. 28
posted by TCM News
Comment (0)

1896 Barnum & Bailey poster advertising their ‘Indian Village’ attraction. Mosby & Co. image.

FREDERICK, Md. – Ask any regular who attends auctions conducted by Mosby & Co., and they’ll tell you what the Maryland-based company is best known for: everything. Owner Keith Spurgeon makes a point of personally selecting only the most interesting, best-quality pieces from dozens of collecting categories for his well-attended sales.

Spurgeon’s April 28 Spring Antiques Auction, which will be held at the Mosby & Co. gallery in the Washington suburb of Frederick, Md., features 550 lots that range from sculptures, clocks and an old collection of Chinese soapstone to toys, historic Americana and a spectacular assortment of 19th- and early 20th-century posters. Bid live via the Internet on any lot in the sale through LiveAuctioneers.com.

The approximately 100 pieces of soapstone, to be apportioned into 30 lots, are from a single-owner collection that was started 60 years ago. “It’s a completely unpicked collection. It hasn’t been touched in 30 years,” said Spurgeon, who regards the contents as a buying opportunity for dealers or those who may be seeking a way to get into the Asian art market.

Sculptures from multiple consignors represent both European and American artists. Among them are three Frank Polk Western bronzes, including one of a cowboy and horse titled “Two Old Timers.” A bronze depicting a male archer is signed “Schwatenberg, Germany,” likely referring to Spiro Schwatenberg (1898-1922). Another noteworthy sculpture was created from wood by the Lithuanian artist Romas Kvintas.
  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »