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Uncommon and unique toys headline 1,370-lot sale

Tin toys, holiday antiques, and doorstops, oh my! Sorry, it was too good to pass up with the unique, scarce, and uncommon examples coming to auction. 

Seriously though, those three collecting interests are well represented among the majority of the 1,370 lots in Bertoia Auctions’ Signature Auction, Nov. 11-12.

Below are six of several unique toys in this upcoming auction.

Eyeing the Uncommon

Hobo litho Bertoia Auctions

All photos courtesy Bertoia Auctions.

Uncommon lithographed tin toy featuring a hobo on the roof being chased by a dog, with a wind up mechanism. It carries an estimate of $300 to $500.

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Another lithographed tin toy, circa 1930s, featuring Dagwood and his son from the popular comic, Blondie. The clockwork-driven toy measures 13 inches long and has an estimate of $1,400 to $1,800.

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Pressed steel Buddy L improved steam shovel on treads, circa 1920s, original paint and operating mechanism, minor playwear and patina, with an estimate of $2,000 to $2,500.

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Unique early 20th century painted tin toy of a woman sitting at a piano with paper lithograph on the front. By turning the hand crank device at the end the hands of the woman in the chair look like they are playing the piano and it emits a plink plink sound. The estimate on this item is $1,000 to $1,500.

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Large (34 inch long) Marklin battleship ‘Majestic’ with extensive ship details including port holes, stairways, deck railing, a cannon, masts, and exhaust stacks. The battleship carries an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000 into the auction.

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British tabletop game,Coker-Nut Throwing Game, features a cast-iron figure with a spring arm throwing ball to knock off nuts from metal posts, and game is accompanied by the original box. It has an estimate of $1,200 to $1,600.

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