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Denver, PA, United States
DoneThu, Dec 8, 2011 2:00 PM GMT



Auction start time 9:00 AM - all 3 days.

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions has a holiday treat in store for toy and advertising collectors: a 3-day sale so big they’re turning back the clock to an earlier-than-usual 9:00 AM start time. The Dec. 8-10 auction contains 2,620 lots, and in keeping with Morphy’s tradition, nearly all of the merchandise comes straight from collections and is fresh to the market.

The Thursday session will be ushered in by 150 lots of occupational shaving mugs. Among the rarest entries are mugs depicting boxers, a veterinarian treating an ailing horse and a sea captain’s ship, but the entry that may attract the most interest is a group lot of two brothers’ mugs with a historical connection. “The mugs belonged to the Duesenberg brothers, who produced automobiles but actually began as bicycle manufacturers,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “Each of the mugs has a picture of one of the Duesenberg brothers on a bike. The mugs will be sold as a single lot together with a letter of authenticity and other documentation. It’s a great archive.” The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

The rest of the Thursday session is devoted to toys and figural cast iron pieces. The 250 general toy lots include examples of tin, cast iron and other metals. There will be 10+ cast-iron airplanes, including a Dent tri-motor Question Mark plane, est. $4,000-$8,000; and two major Marklin tin boats – a 24-inch Jolanda estimated at $10,000-$15,000;... View More...