New venue sets stage for Old Town’s fall sale

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – An unexpected blast of wintry weather didn’t deter bidders from taking part in Old Town Auctions’ Nov. 16-18 sale of antique and vintage toys, advertising and estate items, 679CokeMachine 1-16.jpgwhich grossed $470,000, inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium.

Vendo 57?-inch-tall Coke machine on original stand, unrestored, $2,860.

Mint/boxed toys brought premium prices, as did two rare and coveted Baranger motion displays, but the top lot of the sale – at $15,950 – ended up being a 1934 Ford panel truck later emblazoned with the Harley-Davidson Motorcycles wings logo.

1002MarxNewYork 1-16.jpgA boxed Marx “New York” express toy, with a circling train and airplane above the Manhattan skyline, registered $3,520; another Marx toy, an African-American-themed Spic & Span, earned $2,200 – a fine price for an unboxed example.

Marx lithographed-tin “New York” wind-up toy with multiple action and original box, $3,520.

As predicted the two Baranger motion displays, originally manufactured as trade stimulators for jewelry stores, drew a high level of interest. 847BarangerRocket 1-16.jpgThe Honeymoon Rocket, with its bride and groom in a spacecraft, achieved a hefty $12,100. A second Baranger display featuring toy soldiers in simulated marching mode broke ranks at $6,050.

Baranger Honeymoon Rocket motion display, 19 inches high by 20 inches wide, excellent working order, $12,100.

Old Town Auctions will conduct a sale featuring dolls, carriages, dollhouses and other related items from a West Coast museum in March. The company will also present an early June auction of antique advertising and Civil War material.

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