Fine European antique toys and train stations, plus an array of still and mechanical banks and toys from collectors Dr. James Laster and John Jirofsky headline the July 1, 2012 auction. Cast-iron American toys exhibiting particularly fine condition include a “super-mint” circa-1905 Uncle Sam Chariot, made by Kenton Hardware and retaining 99.5 percent of its original paint. The 12-inch-long patriotic toy, whose chariot replicates an American eagle, is expected to achieve $18,000 to $25,000. Read More +
From an 8.2 carat diamond ring to more than 100 vehicles in cast iron and tin wind-ups, 1,500 lots are offered at Rich Penn’s Nov. 4-6, 2011 auction. Read More +
Everyone waited with anticipation for the final lot of RSL’s auction featuring the John Jirkofsky mechanical bank collection. That’s because serious bidders knew the rarity behind the pristine, multicolored J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Only about five of the color variation offered at the sale were known to exist. Estimated at $14,000-$18,000, the bank depicting Christopher Columbus sitting on a rock, with the Santa Maria at one side and an Indian chasing a buffalo on the other side, "discovered" its true market value at a record $45,325.
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