World’s most expensive toy – Althof Bergmann Santa Sleigh with Goats fetches $161,000

The recent James D Julia’s Toy, Doll & Advertising auction has again brought to the world’s attention, the growing community of toy collector’s and the demand for vintage toys. The auction was a success netting $2.1 million in total sales. The auction was also witness to record sales with an Althof Bergmann Santa sleigh toy fetching an astounding $161,000! This sleigh pulled by goats described as, “the rarest and most important of all early-American tin toys” has now become the most expensive toy of any type sold at any auction in the world in the last two-to-three years. It has also become the most expensive American tin toy sold in the last 15 years.

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Besides the tin sleigh with goats, the Malcolm Deisenroth collection of early American tin toys fetched a cool $1.04 million, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $870,000. The sale that featured a variety of offerings like mechanical banks, coin-op, fine dolls, salesman samples and antique advertising also saw an all-original Caille upright double slot machine sell for $80,500.
After seeing the success of this auction, nobody will ever say there is no money in old advertising and vintage toys.