Bertoia vintage toy auction offers holiday surprises



2015-10-29 14:22:27

Bertoia Auctions is set to offer more than 2,000 vintage toys and models in its 'Holiday Surprises' sale next month.

The auction includes model trains, tin toys, mechanical banks, comic characters, teddy bears and a wealth of vintage Christmas and Halloween collectibles.

The train section will feature more than 330 lots from leading manufacturers such as Marklin, Carette, Carlisle & Finch, Lionel and Ives, with many consigned from two major private collections.

“There are so many great collections in this sale, no one will feel left out, but trains are one of the strong points,” said Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia. “On the Friday, we’re featuring Part II of the late Michael Mann’s collection together with the late Jim Crone’s collection. Everyone in the train world knew these two men. They were very involved in the hobby and extremely well liked by their peers.”

The line up features something for almost everyone, with hand-painted European tin cars, motorcycles and boats offered alongside construction toys, clockwork figures and even figural biscuit tins from a British collection.

The sale will also feature 35 rare pedal cars, originating from a secretive Colorado estate collection. “The owner was a very private collector who was not known to most in the hobby,” said Bertoia. “I couldn’t believe the enormity of the collection, which had been stored in large, climate-controlled warehouses. The cars had been restored to a very high standard years ago.”

Highlights from the pressed steel section will include toys by Buddy ‘L,’ American National, Structo, Kingsbury, Sturditoy and Smith-Miller, led by Metalcraft advertising trucks from the Bill Moody collection.

The auction will also offer a strong selection of antique mechanical banks, and cast-iron door stops, with the Sunday sale session dominated by 250 lots of holiday antique, such as glass decorations, toys and themed games.

The Bertoia Auctions Holiday Surprises sale takes place on November 13-15.

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