Mechanical banks bring $2.76 million at Morphy’s


2015-06-26 10:39:31


Mechanical banks bring $2.76 million at Morphy’s

2 Oct 2012, 09:43

Morphy Auctions have announced that their September 13th-15th sale of antique toys, mechanical toy banks, dolls and sports memorabilia netted an impressive $2.76 million.

The auction included several major collections. The Al Winick collection of 100 mechanical banks, considered the best collection of its kind to come to auction since 2007, saw many of the top prices.

A rare blue Kyser & Rex’s Mikado mechanical bank, circa 1886, sold for $198,000 after an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. This depiction of a magician performing a sleight of hand shell game trick is exemplary of the most enchanting mechanical banks.

Kyser & Rex are a sought after mechanical bank manufacturer of the late 19th century. A Kyser & Rex Merry-Go-Round bank sold for $126,000, and a Roller Skating bank of their design, featuring an old fashioned skating rink with skaters, fetched $84,000.

J. & E. Stevens are another popular name among 19th century bank manufacturers, represented in this auction by the $38,400 sale of a football-theme Calamity bank, and the $37,200 sale of an 1880 Chimpanzee bank.

The Ed Sandford collection of Japanese die-case robots made in the 1960s showcased some rare and collectible examples from companies such as Popy, Bandai, Clover and Takara. A Diaclone Big-Powered Convey from Takara, the toy that inspired the Transformer Ultra Magnus, sold for $10,800 over a $600-$1,000 estimate. The Jack Matthews collection of scarce composition figures, included a Hausser eight-wheeled armoured car with Morse Code unit sold for $6,600.

Many areas of toy collectibles were covered in the sale. 150 antique and vintage lots relating to holidays such as Christmas and Halloween were offered, along with a large and impressive selection of dolls. The toy selling doll was a circle dot Bru bebe with bisque head, paperweight eyes and blue-grey satin dress and hat, fetching $10,200.

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