Private collections at Bertoia, April 17-19

VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia’s 2,000-lot auction on April 17-19 will feature American and European toys, dollhouses, trains, mechanical and still banks, and automotive toys from long-held collections.

Headliners include the dollhouse and miniatures collection of the recently closed Delaware Toy & Miniature Museum, early European tin cars from the late Bob Smith’s collection, and part II of the remarkable Fred Cannon collection of Christmas antiques. Ark AT 3-19.jpg

An extraordinary 28-inch-long Noah’s Ark with fine hand-painted details will be offered with more than 200 delightful animal passengers.

The April 17 session opens with 300 mechanical and still banks from a private collection, and conclude with a colorful assortment of approximately 80 doorstops from a small but select collection. A very rare King Tut, a near-mint Anne Hathaway Cottage, a rare and pristine black Accordion Player and a fabulous Hubley Popeye in near-mint condition are among the top-estimated entries. Another desirable doorstop is the New York Times Crossword Puzzle Clown with “Crossed Out” written on it.

The April 18 session will open with pressed-steel vehicles from the Bob Smith collection, including trucks by Buddy ‘L’ and early pressed-steel friction toys, such as Dayton Hill-climbers. Next up will be pedals cars and more than 100 lots of European and American trains, including some very good German trains from a private collection. There are several boxed Marklin sets from the early 1900s and a few boxed Bing sets.
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Bertoia’s sale will include 80 fine doorstops, including the Accordion Player, Popeye and “Crossed Out.”

In the forefront of the Saturday session are a 1916 dollhouse replicating an actual 18th-century Georgian mansion in Philadelphia called Mount Pleasant, and a 28-inch-long German-made Noah’s ark with the largest selection of animal pairs ever seen by Bertoia’s specialists. 

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