Marklin’s toy ship with four lifeboats sails to the top of the sale

Collectors in a quest to find rare antique toys in superior condition struck gold at Bertoia’s November 11-12 Toys on World Tour auction, which realized $1,550,000. The top lot of the sale, an exceptionally well-scaled Marklin “Avalanche” painted in light blue and with all four lifeboats, two stacks, flags and other original accessories, had no trouble sailing to $41,400 against an estimate of $20,000-$22,000.

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