Masudaya Target Japanese tin robot captures $23,600, nearly doubling high estimate

At Morphy’s April 29-30, 2011 auction of antique toys and advertising, bidding was especially competitive for two robots from the famed Masudaya "Gang of Five" series. The top robot lot was a Masudaya Target Robot. This purple tin "Gangster" stands 15 inches tall and comes equipped with a dart-shooting toy gun, and darts. The example was in excellent condition, complete with its gun, darts and beautifully lithographed original box. Against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000, it hit the bull’s eye at $23,600. The sale grossed $1.5 million. Read More +

Pristine Chein circus toys, with rare original boxes, consigned in 1,000-lot sale

A June 11-12 auction features a large collection of pristine in-plate circus toys by Chein including rare original boxes, among other "clean collections." In a twist meant to reward those who attend in person, Protos is offering a discounted buyer’s premium and the chance to bid on an uncataloged section of offerings prior to the live portion of the sale. The sale also features an impressive collection of exonumia (medallic art), many pieces of which are Art Deco or Art Nouveau in style.
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Garage sale find: Oil pastels on sand paper valued at $900

One subscriber’s free antiques appraisal discovers his garage sale find is really a stash of Florida-themed folk art oils on sand paper valued at $900: "I moved to Florida in the early 1980s. For a lack of something to do and familiar with collector coins, metals and some antiques and collectibles, I started going to garage sales and flea markets. This is about one garage sale find. Two very pretty picture frames caught my attention."
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World’s largest private Coca-Cola art, memorabilia collection going up for sale

It is the biggest and the best privately held collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world. There are one-of-a-kind posters, rare serving trays, bottles, antique delivery trucks, Santa icons and even the side of a barn. Altogether, there are some 80,000 items worth as much as $10 million. The Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown, Ky., is divesting its vast collection that fills a museum and warehouse totaling 32,000 square feet.
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Nearly 2,000 pieces of gas and oil petroliana available May 17-22, 2011 in Indiana

Nearly 2,000 pieces of gas and oil petroliana, rare porcelain and neon signs and soda pop memorabilia will go up for bid during Dana Mecum’s 24th Annual Original Spring Classic Auction, May 17-22, 2011, in Indianapolis, Ind. The auction has 400 items of high-end gas- and oil-related pieces and rare neon signs as well as 700 items from a different collection ranging from a 1954 Merita bread sign highlighting the Lone Ranger to a 1920s John Deere sign and 1950s Coca-Cola coolers and vending machines all offered at no reserve.
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Reverse painted on glass sign shatters advertising sign records

A magnificent Rock Island Railroad reverse glass sign, made in 1890 by an employee of the firm who fashioned reverse glass lamp shades for Pullman cars, sold for $165,000 at an auction held April 1-3 by Showtime Auctions. "Not only was the sign the earliest and most important piece of advertising ever made for the Rock Island Railroad, the price realized was the most ever paid for an advertising sign," said Michael Eckles of Showtime Auctions.
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