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Milestone’s big Winter Antique Toy Spectacular slated for Jan. 29

I.Y. Metal Toys (Japan), tin friction Harley-Davidson motorcycle, 15in, all original and super clean with rich, true colors. Estimate $3,000-$4,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Antique and vintage toys played a major role in Milestone Auctions’ success in 2021. Their October 2nd toy event rocketed to $768,000, a house record for the suburban Cleveland, Ohio, company. Milestone is on track to keep that positive momentum going in 2022 with an 867-lot Winter Antique Toy Spectacular on January 29, which offers absentee or Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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European antique toys ruled the playing field at Milestone’s June 26 auction

Late-19th-century German tin clockwork ‘Woman Blowing Bubbles,’ in working order, sold for $9,900 against an estimate of $1,000-$1,500

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Even the best-connected toy buyers in Europe surely would have been surprised by the contents of the Margaret and Joel Weissman antique toy collection, which was offered by Milestone Auctions on June 26. The couple’s beautiful assemblage of German, French and English toys included examples of clockwork and hand-painted toys; automobiles, boats, airplanes, go-rounds and penny toys that are seldom seen on either side of the Atlantic. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s mid-May auction series featuring American amusements hits $5.4M

Great Northern Railway porcelain sign with mountain goat graphic. Sold above estimate for $6,600

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ gallery was a hive of activity prior to the company’s May 11-15 marathon auction series that grossed $5.4 million. The attraction was a 3,400-lot array of rare antique and vintage items that ran the gamut of American amusements, from 19th-century railroad memorabilia and coin-op machines to mid-20th-century petroliana and automotive signs.

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Skee-Ball: an arcade stalwart that’s part skill, part chance

A hybrid game of sorts is this circa 1955 United 5th Inning shuffle alley baseball machine, combining the action of roller games and shuffle games. It realized $2,250 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2020 at Dan Morphy Auctions.

A hybrid game of sorts, this circa-1955 United 5th Inning shuffle alley machine combines the action of baseball, target and shuffle games. It realized $2,250 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2020 at Dan Morphy Auctions.

NEW YORK — Skee-Ball games are a fixture at amusement parks, seaside boardwalk arcades and carnivals. This classic game — part skill, part chance — was invented in 1908 and is still bowling over fans today. Many collectors are on the lookout for a vintage Skee-Ball arcade game to their game rooms or man caves.

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