Auction Team Breker returns with historic technological marvels March 23

Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina Model A, estimated at €300,000-€500,000 ($325,965-$543,275) at Breker.

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s the world of scientific history on display Saturday, March 23 at Auction Team Breker. The sale will include 563 lots of vintage science and technology, office antiques, vintage phones, mechanical music machines, and photographic equipment. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The lot with the highest estimate in the sale, at €300,000-€500,000 ($325,965-$543,275), is the 1910 Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina Model A. This incredible device plays both a violin and a piano simultaneously, and is described as being in excellent restored and playing condition.

Though it’s unclear which mission it was used on, the sale includes a lunar Hasselblad in black — indicating it was used within the landed lunar module was subsequently taken back to the Apollo command module for return to Earth. Engraved P/N SEB 33100082-201 S/N035 LUNAR SURFACE Hasselblad SUPER WIDE CAMERA 70-mm MAGAZINE, this piece of photographic history is estimated at €12,000-€18,000 ($13,035-$19,555).

Those living in the 19th century could find themselves being entertained by ingenious automata such as Claude the Clown, which was created by Gustave Vichy around 1890. While the music plays, Claude wiggles his nose, darts his eyes left and right, and taps his foot as he plays a miniature concertina. In good working order with minor restoration, the automaton is estimated at €18,000-€25,000 ($19,555-$27,160).

A Leica I (C ) ‘Luxus’ camera dates to 1931 and is serial number 48442. It features faint engraving that reads (? ?) v. Rotter Haage, Rig, possibly connecting the camera to Fritz and Alfred Rotter, Weimar Germany-era theatrical promoters who fled Germany in 1933. It is noteworthy that in the earliest published number lists for the Leica Luxus, only a single camera from 1931 was listed in the 48,000 range: no. 48441 – making this now the second and sequential example. It is estimated at €18,000-€24,000 ($19,555-$26,075).

Haring family toy collection brings 500 lots to Weiss Feb. 21

Ernst Plank Aviso live steam gun ship toy, estimated at $20,000-$50,000 at Weiss.

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — Three generations of toy collecting come to market with the Haring family collection crossing the block at Weiss Auctions on Wednesday, February 21. The 500-plus lot sale includes tin ships, cast-iron mechanical banks, pressed-steel trucks, American and European electric trains, Japanese battery-operated toys — even fountain pens and soda collectibles — so there’s literally something for everyone. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The Haring collection traces its roots to family patriarch Jack Harling and his early fondness for Marklin trains. His son John caught the collecting bug, which expressed itself in a passion for trains and live steam-driven toys acquired during his global travels. The tradition continued with John’s son Ford, who from a young age joined his father and grandfather at shows and swap meets across the east coast. Today, Ford is the family torchbearer, focusing on antique toys, especially live steam and clockwork boats.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a 1902 Ernst Plank Aviso live-steam gunboat in remarkable condition, with original guns, lifeboats, and anchors — which are more typically missing or replaced with reproductions. Showing only light play wear and surviving with its original paint, the boat is estimated at $20,000-$50,000.

Radiguet was a 19th-century French toy manufacturer with an emphasis on education. It produced live-steam engines, boats, and trains, and sold everything through mail order. The Haring collection includes a Radiguet live-steam gunship having a super bow forward design and all its original guns, masts, and anchors. Dated to the 1890s, the 22in ship remains in incredible condition for being more than 130 years of age. It carries an estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

Roullet & Decamps began in 1866 when Ernst Roullet created the first inexpensive mechanism for automating the movements of dolls. He won the World’s Fair bronze medal in 1867, and soon after, Ernst’s daughter married the shop’s mechanical engineer, Ernest Dekamp, and the company went into full-swing production. This drinking bear automaton is attributed to Roullet & Decamps and is covered in mohair which, unfortunately, can fall off when touched. The mechanism works, albeit slowly. The bear is estimated at $800-$1,500.

Corgi Toys, the die-cast line of miniature vehicles launched by Mettoy in 1956, smartly created a collectors club for its young (and old) fans, giving members access to club-exclusive offerings not otherwise available at retail. In the 1960s, Corgi issued its famous no. 468 Routemaster double-decker bus in an exclusive livery that included a House of Lords Gin banner advertisement. The Haring collection boasts a mint-in-box example complete with the original club membership insert. It is estimated at $700-$1,000.

Potter & Potter to conjure Summer Magic with June 17 sale

Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000
Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will conduct a 560+ lot Summer Magic Auction on Saturday, June 17 starting at 10 am Central time. It will feature antique to contemporary magic apparatus, important posters, ephemera and research archives as well as selections from the collections of Jim Deloach, William Trotter, and Ken Klosterman’s Salon de Magie library. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique toy & bank collections ready to frolic at Bertoia’s, Mar. 24-25

 

Ives Uncle Sam clockwork perambulator. Based upon their research, Bertoia’s believes it is one of only two known examples, the other being the one depicted in Blair Whitton’s book. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity. Estimate $20,000-$40,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Say hello to spring with the most anticipated auction of the season: Bertoia’s March 24-25 Signature Sale featuring two blockbuster collections and many additional high-end toy consignments. Rows of gleaming showcases at Bertoia’s New Jersey gallery are filled to capacity with exceptional mechanical banks and bell toys from the Rudd Trowbridge collection, and Phil and Joan Steel’s wonderful collection of French Martins and other tin windups. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique dolls are dressed to impress at Stephenson’s Nov. 13 auction

Jumeau bisque head doll, stamped Jumeau Medaille d’Or Paris, 13in high. Estimate $2,000-$4,000

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, Stephenson’s in suburban Philadelphia will host a November 13 auction of antique and vintage dolls from estates and private collections in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to beautiful dolls dating from the 19th century through modern times, the 241-lot auction includes several automata, Steiff teddies and soft toys, doll clothing and accessories, and many delightful extras such as teas sets, tableware and wardrobe trunks. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Wild about Harry Houdini? Potter & Potter’s Oct. 29 sale delivers

Detail of a signed and inscribed movie still depicting Harry Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000
Left, Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush magic apparatus, estimated at $25,000-$50,000; Center, first edition of Houdini’s book, ‘The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin,’ estimated at $1,500-$2,500; Right, a signed and inscribed movie still of Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000.
Left, Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush magic apparatus, estimated at $25,000-$50,000; Center, first edition of Houdini’s book, ‘The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin,’ estimated at $1,500-$2,500; Right, a signed and inscribed movie still of Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

CHICAGO – On Saturday, October 29, starting at 10 am Central time, Potter & Potter Auctions will present Salon De Magie -The Klosterman Collection Part III, a 370-lot sale of historically significant magic apparatus, archives, collections and literature. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s to auction peerless Henri Krijnen mechanical music collection, Sept. 9-10

Mortier 102-key dance organ, Belgium, 1937. A masterpiece of woodcarving with more than 200 pipes and an accordion. Rich, thrilling sound. Size: 26ft x 5ft 4in x 16ft 8in. Previously the property of a British museum. Estimate $250,000-$400,000

DENVER, Pa. – The word “unique” can sometimes be overused, but not in the case of the Henri Krijnen mechanical music collection, which will be auctioned at Morphy’s on September 9-10, 2022, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. Amassed over a lifetime, the peerless collection of early music and entertainment machines includes grand European fair, dance and theater organs; orchestrions, automata, Frank Polk figurals and other slot machines; and even a spectacular, fully functional Karl Muller antique carousel. As described by CEO Tom Tolworthy, CEO of Morphy Auctions and director/curator of the sale, the collection features “the finest examples of mechanical music machines to come to market in a decade.”

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Grace Garcia Estate Part II offered at Turner, June 26

Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500

 

Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500
Large pair of 18th-century giltwood angels, est. $1,000-$1,500

SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the Grace Garcia Estate, Part 2 sale on Sunday, June 26. It features an extensive array of religious items, fine and decorative arts and collectibles from the personal collection of the late Grace Garcia, who owned Gilroy Antiques in Gilroy, California for more than 30 years. The auction lineup also includes several lots from other collectors, chief among them paintings by William Russell Flint and Mauritz Frederik Hendrich de Haas, and groupings of character dolls and costume figures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Klosterman magic collection returns to Potter & Potter, March 26

Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000
Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000
Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will host Salon De Magie -The Klosterman Collection Part II, a 281-lot sale scheduled for Saturday, March 26, starting at 10 am Central time. This is a much-anticipated event; Part 1, offered at Potter & Potter in October 2021, was the highest-grossing exclusively magic sale of all time, realizing more than $1.9 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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