Malcolm Forbes’ collections



2015-06-26 10:38:19

Malcolm Forbes (19 August 1919 – 24 February 1990) was the publisher of Forbes magazine between 1957 and 1990.

He was a collector of many objects including artworks, toy soldiers, vintage and antique toys, Faberge eggs and autographs.

Autograph collection

Malcolm Forbes began his autograph collection aged 15 when he started snipping off signatures in Forbes magazine’s mailroom.

Forbes once commented that:

“None of my other investments give me the joy that autographs do, because they make me feel that I am holding a piece of history in my hands.”

By the time he died in 1990 at the age of 70, Malcolm Forbes had collected 4,000 signed documents relating to US presidents. This collection alone has been valued at $40-50 million.

Vintage toy collection

Forbes was also an avid collector of vintage toys and in December 2010, much of his toy collection was sold at a Sotheby’s auction which raised $2.3 million in total.

The sale featured toys from the 'golden age' of toy-making, from the 1870s to the 1950s, and included one of the world's finest collections of toy boats.

The most expensive item to sell at the auction was a 37 inch model of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner. The model was made by German company Märklin in 1912 and sold for $194,500.

The auction also featured the earliest known hand-made Monopoly set which sold for $146,500.

Toy soldiers

Forbes’ collection of toy soldiers was also sold at Sotheby’s’ 2010 Malcolm Forbes auction.

The collection was lead by two sets of rare medieval heraldic models figures which were handmade in the UK by Richard Courtenay; a set of 27 Early Courtenay Mounted Knights and a set of 13 Courtenay Mounted Knights.

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2015-07-12 21:51:23

I have access to 500,00 hand painted, finely detailed toy soldiers from 18th, 19th century

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