Toy world mourns passing of Don Kaufman, K*B Toys co-founder

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Donald Kaufman, co-founder of K•B Toys and the man who built the world’s greatest collection of automotive toys, died Monday, peacefully at his home. He had celebrated his 79th birthDonwithKauffmanTruck.jpgday just four days earlier.

Kaufman’s decision to sell his astounding 10,000-piece collection of automotive toys made headlines from The New York Times to cable news networks. He picked Bertoia Auctions of Vineland, N.J., to liquidate the 60-year collection, which was amassed in partnership with his beloved wife, Sally Kaufman

Antique Trader is devoting more coverage of Kaufman’s passing with a host of articles and a podcast posted here to:

  • Listen as Kaufman, the man who devoted his life to
    celebrating the joy of play, discusses amassing his 60-year
    collection with Sally and why he decided to sell every single
    item in his collection – including his very first toy.

  • Read a profile of Kaufman’s lifelong pursuit of a complete collection
  • Review important auction coverage from the first two sessions of the Donald Kaufman Collection auctions.

-posted by Eric Bradley

*Photo by Phil Dutton. Courtesy Bertoia Auctions
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