I love toys; it reminds me of the carefree life I had in my sheltered childhood. And if there are an auction of vintage toys, it is every toy collector’s dream coming true! After rounds one and two of the Donald Kaufman Collection auction by Bertoia, the auction house is all geared up for round three. The second collection consisting of American, European, and Japanese toys, earned a total booty of $7.2 million.
The third set of toys to be auctioned consists of toys made in classic cast-iron, pressed-steel, comic character, and European toys, all in fantastic condition. Running into two days, the auction will see the sale of around 300 odd toys of every style. Notable ones include a 15-inch long friction-powered 1962 Chrysler Imperial in rich royal blue made by Asahi Toys (Japan) estimated to fetch $10,000-$15,000, a 14-inch Carette green-limousine estimated to fetch $12,000-$14,000, and an almost mint-colored Hathaway’s Bakery delivery van and a rare Brink’s express truck touted to fetch $12,000-$25,000.
It is also reported that bidders will have the opportunity to acquire a smaller-scale Marklin fire pumper (estimate $30,000-$35,000). Marklin marketed this particular fire pumper in two ways – as an individual toy and as part of a 4-piece set containing a garage, ladder truck, and hose reel truck.