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What Collectors Should Know About Mid-Century Modernisms' Many Looks

What Collectors Should Know About Mid-Century Modernisms' Many Looks

By Anne Gilbert Change was blowing in the wind after World War II. Everything was new thanks to scientists, designers and a generation yearning for something different. Today the results are known as Mid-Century Modernism. Mid-Century Modernism took many forms. You may be surprised to know that your baby’s first toy, or your grandchild’s, that […]

Morphy Auctions' September Premier Toys, Dolls, Marbles, And Figural Cast Iron Sales Event, Sept. 23-24

This two-day auction includes almost 1,300 lots of extraordinary vintage toys and childhood ephemera, with museum-quality selections across all the most popular collecting categories.  Denver, Pennsylvania, September 5, 2016 – Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this million-dollar Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron […]

Antiques Peek: August 2016

Antiques Peek: August 2016

Animals in Advertising by Jessica Kosinski Advertising is a huge industry, and it’s not a new one. Ads go back for as long as people have been trying to sell products. Some of them have involved catchy slogans, songs, or logos. But many of the most successful and long-lasting advertising campaigns have involved animals. Some […]

Model Trains

Model Trains

Collecting with Jeff By Jeff Figler Many people are familiar with the saying that “the difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys.” That is probably a very true statement. In fact, I am a model train collector, and I admire other peoples’ train sets when I have the opportunity to see […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Halloween Girl doorstop, $29,500, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Littco Halloween Girl cast-iron doorstop sold for $29,500 at a Select Toys Auction held March 12 by Bertoia Auction in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Carlisle & Finch Freight Shed, the only known reported example, rose to $23,600; a Buddy ‘L’ pressed-steel Tugboat, made […]

Fontaine's May 21 Auction Sees Record Results for Rare Antique Chinese Animated Clock

The clock was the top lot in a sale that grossed $2.5 million and had more than 4,300 online bidders. PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A rare antique Chinese animated triple fusee bracket clock roared past its pre-sale estimate of $500,000-$750,000 to sell for $1.27 million at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s cataloged antique and clock auction held May […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Queen Anne doll, $46,360, Morphy

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 17-inch-tall, all-original Queen Anne doll in a presentation case and detailed with leather gloves and several layers of clothing, sold for $46,360 at a Premier Toy, Doll and Figural Cast Iron Auction held March 4-5 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a […]

Lifetime Collections to be Sold by Showtime Auctions Services, Apr. 1-3

The three-day event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN….The lifetime country store and advertising collection of Tom and Mary Lou Slike, and the equally impressive coin-op collection of Deke and Joanie Richards, will co-headline a three-day auction slated for the weekend of April 1-3 by Showtime […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 1920s Arcade panel van, $21,240, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa-1929 Arcade ‘White’ delivery panel van with ‘Peerless’ ad sold for $21,240 at a Holiday Surprises event held Nov. 13-15 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a rare clockwork George Washington display toy fetched $10,620; the same price was realized for a […]

Morphy’s to auction early trains, horse-drawn toys and rare dolls from 60-year Paul and Katie Hedburn collection, Sept. 10-12

Second major toy collection in sale includes rare lunchboxes, many rated a perfect 10 DENVER, Pa. – Anyone assuming they’ve seen the last of the great early collections of toys, trains and dolls may have to readjust their thinking September 10-12 when Morphy’s auctions a long-held trove amassed by the late Katie and Paul Hedburn. […]