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Denver, PA, United States
DoneFri, Jul 16, 2010 2:00 PM GMT

July 16 2010 Morphy Auctions Fri Session

Featuring 1,300+ lots of toys and advertising, the July Premier event offers as its centerpiece the collection of retired California architect and Victorian home restorer Michael O'Hearn (read Michael O'Hearn's Collector Profile). The collection of mostly mint/boxed toys was amassed over a 28-year period and will be offered unpicked and in its entirety. It runs the gamut from European, early American and Japanese toys to pressed steel, pedal cars and even two actual hot rods. The Friday, July 16 session will open with more than 75 boxed robot and space toy lots. Highlights include boxed examples of a New Space Station (estimate $1,000-$1,500), a standard Space Station ($1,500-$2,000) and a friction Space Bus ($1,200-$1,800). A TV Space Patrol Car is expected to make $1,500-$2,500. More than 100 European tin toys will be auctioned in the first session. A French Gem #42 racecar is entered with a $1,500-$2,000 estimate, while a German lithographed-tin #15 Super Racer friction toy shows its rarity and desirability with a $4,000-$8,000 estimate. Other top lots among the European toys include a Fisher windup bus with ''Joyville'' as its destination ($2,000-$4,000), a Moko windup tin auto ($1,500-$2,000) and a Lehmann Luxus auto ($1,500-$2,500). The panoramic sub-collection of Japanese toys spans the era from pre-World War II through the boom years of postwar toymaking, known for its colorful and imaginative designs. ''It covers quite a range‚celluloid, battery ops, tin airplanes, big 50s cars, said Morphy. A #58 Atom Jet racecar is estimated at $2,000-$4,000, as is a windup Harley motorcycle. A fleet of sleek cars includes a prewar Packard ($1,200-$1,800), 1954 red Alps Cadillac ($1,500-$2,500) and Lincoln Futura ($1,500-$2,500). A 1958 Buick Century has its cruise control set at $1,000-$1,500