Exploding trench toy may spark bidding battles

PITTSBURGH — Old Toy Soldier Auctions is gearing up for a huge three-day auction June 21-23 with 1,600 lots of soldiers and figures from two prominent collections.

Bidders can participate in person, via absentee, phone and live online through

Britains ‘Exploding Trench,' is one of only three known examples to still exist, and it is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy Old Toy Soldier Auctions)

Britains ‘Exploding Trench,’ is one of only three known examples to still exist, and it is expected to fetch $3,000 to $5,000. (Photo courtesy Old Toy Soldier Auctions)

LiveAuctioneers.com in the sale featuring items from the collection of the late Paul A. Germain, and part two of the Dr. Arthur Puglisi collection.

Eight Mignot dioramas will command the spotlight as the first lot in the opening session. Among the top entries are a 1980s Alpine diorama with Nordic ski troopers, presented in a three-tier display box, and a French Foreign Legion diorama.

Several specialty collections will be featured on day two. One of the highlights is a rare boxed prewar Britains Exploding Trench (estimate $3,000-$5,000), one of possibly three known examples.

Other outstanding lots expected to draw bidding interest include:

•Two rare, original-paint sample cards from Britains’ archive (estimate $2,000-$3,000)

• Courtenay medieval figures, cast from leadless pewter, including a number of Tournament Knights in their original boxes (estimate $600-$800)

This Alpine scene is one of eight Mignot diorama's heading to the auction block June 21-23, 2013. (Photo courtesy Old Toy Soldier Auctions)

This Alpine scene is one of eight Mignot diorama’s heading to the auction block June 21-23, 2013. (Photo courtesy Old Toy Soldier Auctions)

• Mounted figures by Vertunni

• Set of Frederick the Great’s Guards, circa 1905 (estimate $3,000-$4,000)

• Hausser camouflage communications truck (estimate $400-$600)

Comic character figures are also represented with top lots including Felix the Cat, Flip the Frog and Rex the Lion (estimate $500-$700). Rex was the mascot for the 1937 Coronation of England’s King George VI.

For more information on Old Toy Soldiers auctions or to view the online auction catalog, visit www.oldtoysoldiers.com, call 412-343-8733 (toll-free 800-349-8009) or e-mail raytoys@aol.com.

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