Tony Bennett portrait of Frank Sinatra leads our five lots to watch

Tony Bennett’s portrait of a young Frank Sinatra, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 at Regency Auction House.

Tony Bennett Portrait of Frank Sinatra

ROCKAWAY, N.J. – Anthony Dominick Benedetto – best known as Tony Bennett (1926-2023) – enjoyed one of the most remarkable and lengthy careers of any American musical artist, achieving his first hit record in 1951 with Because of You, which sat at number one on the pop charts for an astounding 10 weeks. His final release, a duet album with Lady Gaga, Love For Sale, hit the charts in 2021, when he was 95 years of age. In all, Bennett won 20 Grammy Awards and innumerable other accolades throughout his more than 70 years in the business.

As a young boy, Bennett often sang, including doing a number as a 10-year-old for the opening of the Triborough Bridge in 1934 while standing next to New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who patted him on the head in admiration for his performance. He sang while in the United States Army in World War II, as his division pushed German forces back across the Rhine and onward until VE Day in spring of 1945.

After his discharge from the Army in 1946, Bennett continued to perform wherever he could, including as a singing waiter. His first big break came when he caught the attention of Pearl Bailey, who invited him to open her show in New York. Bob Hope was in the audience, and he immediately signed Bennett to perform as part of his road shows, but insisted he rename himself ‘Tony Bennett.’ And the legend was born.

Bennett had been warned in 1951 by Columbia Records chief Mitch Miller to avoid sounding like Sinatra, so he instead focused on crooning pop songs, which later would transform into more jazz-like compositions. This lingering admonition must have affected Bennett when he created this portrait of a 1940s-era Frank Sinatra. Captured in his eternal youthful pose when he was driving an entire generation of bobby-soxers insane with his voice, the rendition of Sinatra is signed ‘Benedetto’, which the singer used as a signature on all his artworks.

The undated portrait comes to market at Regency Auction House on Tuesday, February 13 as part of its Mid-Century Modern sale. No provenance is provided, and Benedetto paintings in the market are more common than one might think, ranging wildly in value. Regency has estimated the Sinatra painting at $10,000-$20,000, so the winning bidder will be leaving a lot more than their heart in San Francisco to take this original home.

Rainbow American Brilliant Cut Glass Decanter

Rainbow American Brilliant Cut Glass decanter, estimated at $7,500-$9,500 at CriticalGlass.com.
Rainbow American Brilliant Cut Glass decanter, estimated at $7,500-$9,500 at CriticalGlass.com.Rainbow American Brilliant Cut Glass decanter, estimated at $7,500-$9,500 at CriticalGlass.com.

ATLANTA – CriticalGlass.com is a relatively new seller in the cut glass space, but judging from its recent auctions, its team has deep connections to high-end collections and has been successful in convincing collectors now is the time to bring certain pieces to market.

That must have been the case when this rainbow American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) decanter came to the house’s attention. Measuring 13.5in high by 6in in diameter, this stunning example of cutting and light control almost defied explanation by superlative. Fortunately, CriticalGlass.com catalogers rose to the occasion:

Rainbow glass is perhaps the rarest of color combinations from the period, but large pieces like this decanter are hardly ever seen. And to top it all off, it’s American! This piece features such good color distinction that you can even see all 3 colors passing through a couple of the hobstars. Even more so, the neck is fully colored and fluted dividing up the colors perfectly – incredible control. This is a one-off piece and one of the rarest pieces of rainbow to ever be made.

Coming to market Saturday, February 17 as part of its initial 2024 schedule and only its eighth auction ever, CriticalGlass.com estimates the rainbow ABCG decanter at $7,500-$9,500.

‘Nude Study’ by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve

‘Nude Study’ by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Heritage Auctions.
‘Nude Study’ by Julien Vallou de Villeneuve, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Heritage Auctions.

DALLAS – Not long after the invention of photography was the invention of the photographic nude. French artist Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (1795-1866), who took up the new medium in 1842 as an adjunct and aid to his graphic work, was among the first to produce such ‘academic studies’. He opened a studio in Paris in 1850 and found a ready market for ‘Etudes d’apres nature’ sold as salted paper prints from paper negatives.

This example, titled simply Nude Study, dates from circa 1853. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$3,000 as part of the sale Depth of Field: The Body Photographed at Heritage Auctions on Wednesday, February 14. Perfect for Valentine’s Day?

Hubley Ferris Wheel Mechanical Bank

Hubley Ferris Wheel mechanical bank, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 at Alderfer Auctions.
Hubley Ferris Wheel mechanical bank, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 at Alderfer Auctions.

HATFIELD, Penn. – Hubley is one of the great names in American toymaking, though it lives in the shadows of other, more prominent manufacturers such as Louis Marx & Co. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania company was founded in 1894 by John Hubley and soon released a line of cast-iron playthings that would become highly sought-after collectibles in the decades to follow.

The Hubley Ferris wheel debuted circa 1906 and featured cast-iron construction and a wind-up (clockwork) chain-driven mechanism to turn the wheel. It faded in and out of the Hubley line, then reappeared around 1930 with a mechanical bank angle. Mounted on a cast-iron base with the words Ferris Wheel Bank in gilt-relief on its base, the clockwork mechanism was hidden in the base-coin box and could be activated with the drop of a coin.

This is the rarest and most desirable version of any Hubley Ferris Wheel, far more valuable than the standard Ferris Wheel variants that can sell for as little as a few hundred dollars. Alderfer Auction has a prime example in its upcoming Mechanical Banks and Toys sale scheduled for Tuesday, February 13. In largely original condition with minor repainting and a repaired but original key that still winds the clockwork mechanism, the mechanical bank has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

1903 Letter from Pablo Picasso to Max Jacob

Four-page letter with sketches by Pablo Picasso, sent to his roommate and friend Max Jacob in 1903, estimated at €500,000-€800,000 ($539,915-$863,865) at Piasa.
Four-page letter with sketches by Pablo Picasso, sent to his roommate and friend Max Jacob in 1903, estimated at €500,000-€800,000 ($539,915-$863,865) at Piasa.

PARIS – Max Pellequer (1903-1973) was a French banker and businessman who early in the 20th century began to collect works from Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Raoul Dufy, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, and many others. But it was his association and friendship with Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) that placed Pellequer’s name into the art world for all time. In the 1920s, he began collecting Picasso works, and ultimately became Picasso’s business advisor, acquiring many Picasso-related items during his lifetime.

One such item is a 1903 letter from Picasso to his friend and roommate Max Jacob, who would become Picasso’s first supporter. In the letter, Picasso writes “If I can work here I’ll stay but if I see that I cannot do anything I’ll get the hell out for Paris.”

“This drawing I’m sending you in the first page is a sketch for paintings I made,” Picasso explains, before asking: “You will write often, no Farewell mi old Max. Kisses. Your brother Picasso.”

The letter is accompanied by four extraordinary drawings, including a study for hands, a woman with arms extended, and an embracing couple who served as a study for the paintings Repas frugal and Pauvre couple dans un café.

Piasa is bringing this letter and 50 other lots from the Pellequer collection to market on Thursday, February 15 in a sale titled Pablo Picasso and His Friends. The letter is estimated at €500,000-€800,000 ($539,915-$863,865).

Marklin, Japanese tin and cast iron toys continued their marketplace dominance at Bertoia

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VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia Auctions‘ Annual Fall two-day sale, which took place on November 17 and November 18, provided a case study in the ongoing marketplace strength of specific collecting categories. As has been the case for years, Japanese postwar tin toys, vintage American cast-iron and prewar Marklin toys remain the top sellers above all other collecting areas. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Japan helped rebuild its war-ravaged economy through exports. Tens of thousands of mom-and-pop operations opened up, providing skilled labor creating subassemblies — molding, building motors, and lithographic printing on tin, to name a few — that would be aggregated by the prime contractor, who then directly marketed the toys to American wholesalers. Louis Marx & Co., the leviathan of American tin toy manufacture, saw the low-cost option of Japanese imports as a win-win, and set up the Linemar brand to represent these toys to American consumers. The top Japanese tin toy lot of the sale was a boxed, like-new friction-drive Space Explorer from the 1950s, marketed in the U.S. as a Linemar (“Best By Far”) toy. It hammered for $25,000 ($31,250 with buyer’s premium), far exceeding Bertoia’s $1,200-$1,800 presale estimate.

Founded in 1859, Marklin is one of the oldest still-operating toy firms in the world. Known today primarily for its model railroading products, the company has produced an amazing range of toys during its tenure, including vehicles, construction sets, operating steam plants, ships, and aircraft — all highly coveted by today’s collectors. Bertoia’s sale delivered a stern reminder of Marklin’s leader status in the form of a 19th-century Brooklyn clockwork paddlewheel steam ship. Measuring 20in long and 16in in height, the ship had some minor replacement parts – common for toys of this vintage – but was in otherwise incredible condition. Bidders agreed, sending the toy to a $36,000 ($45,000 with buyer’s premium) finish, making it the top lot of the sale.

Launched in 1894 and one of the kings of American cast-iron toy manufacturing, Hubley survived until the 1980s and was a toy store staple. Two Hubley items outperformed estimates, the first of which was a Hubley No. 5 Engine House meant to accompany a vintage Hubley pumper. One of only two known examples, it was estimated at $7,000-$10,000 but hammered at $26,000 ($32,500 with buyer’s premium) to a LiveAuctioneers online bidder. The other lot was a cast-iron Hubley giraffe from its extensive line of door stops. Still retaining its original paint, the 13in giraffe sold for $15,000 ($18,750 with buyer’s premium), well above its presale estimate of $6,000-$9,000.
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Linemar Space Explorer toy, which sold for $25,000 ($31,250 with buyer’s premium) at Bertoia.
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Aoshin Tremendous Mike Robot toy, which sold for $14,000 ($17,500 with buyer’s premium) at Bertoia.
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Marklin, Brooklyn clockwork paddlewheel steam ship, which sold for $36,000 ($45,000 with buyer’s premium) at Bertoia.
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Hubley No. 5 Engine House, which sold for $26,000 ($32,500 with buyer’s premium) at Bertoia.
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Hubley giraffe door stop, which sold for $15,000 ($18,750 with buyer’s premium) at Bertoia.
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Bertoia’s fall sale features antique toys and banks from around the world Nov. 17-18

Marklin Brooklyn clockwork paddle wheeler toy, estimated at $50,000-$75,000 at Bertoia Auctions.

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VINELAND, N.J. — The Bertoia annual fall sale is a rite of passage for vintage and antique toy collectors, where quality and variety reign and the bidding for key items can be fierce and entertaining. Held at its New Jersey gallery and online, Bertoia’s events have become the stuff of legend in the toy collecting community.

This year’s two-day auction, scheduled for Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18 will see more than 1,000 toys cross the block. The catalogs are now available for bidding on LiveAuctioneers.

Bertoia toy auctions typically consist of numerous collections and key lots sourced from both domestic and international individuals. This event features toy and bank collections from both sides of the Atlantic.

The first session’s top lot is a 19th-century Marklin Brooklyn paddle-wheel steam boat toy. Highly colorful and in remarkable condition for its age, the toy has many of small flags and other typically missing parts replaced with modern reproductions to complete the presentation. It is estimated at $50,000-$75,000.

Tremendous Mike is a highly desirable robot from the postwar period, created by Aoshin (ASC) of Japan in the late 1950s. Battery operated with what was dubbed “turn-and-go action” and a scrolling screen, this example is virtually unused with a near-mint original package retaining its vibrant colors. Tremendous Mike carries an estimate of $7,000-$10,000.

As noted above, Marklin of Germany was known for its magnificent tin toys featuring life-like detail simply not found on other playthings of the period. Vehicle toys of all types were its core output, which covered everything from early examples of flight to sea-going vessels and of course, automobiles. This circa-1912 limousine is described as the largest ever produced by Marklin, and bears catalog number 5214/3. Measuring 18.5in in length with opening doors, real glass windows and detailed luggage racks, it is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Mechanical banks of all varieties dominate the second session, with nearly 100 antique examples. Among the highlights (with estimates):

Hubley cast-iron toys have been pursued by collectors for decades, and the Bertoia sale boasts a great variety. This Surfer Boy pull toy is just one example of the auction house’s ability to get unique, superlative consignments. It is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
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Japanese boxed Atomic Robot Man, estimated at $800-$1,200 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Japanese boxed ASC Tremendous Mike robot, estimated at $7,000-$10,000 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Marklin ‘Brooklyn’ clockwork paddle-wheeler toy, estimated at $50,000-$75,000 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Marklin limousine toy, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Hubley Surfer Boy pull toy, estimated at $7,000-$10,000 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Dentist mechanical bank, estimated at $7,000-$10,000 at Bertoia Auctions.
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Bid Smart: Hubley toy vehicles get collectors’ motors running

This Say it with Flowers Hubley cast iron-toy motorcycle achieved $27,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2022. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
This Say it with Flowers Hubley cast iron-toy motorcycle achieved $27,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2022. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
This Say it with Flowers Hubley cast iron-toy motorcycle achieved $27,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2022. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — When John E. Hubley began his company in Lancaster, Penn., in 1894, he set his sights on the model train industry. Hubley produced model trains for about 15 years, but stiff competition from Lionel and advancements in electric model train technology became too much. By 1909, the company had begun specializing in cast-iron toys, mechanical banks and doorstops.

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Robots and space toys dominated high-end array at Milestone auction

Masudaya (Japan) 15in battery-operated Target Robot from the famed Gang of Five series. All original toy with correct dart gun and two darts. Accompanied by original box. Sold for $34,440 against an estimate of $20,000-$25,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Many hundreds of absentee bids were already on the books by the time Milestone Auctions’ co-owner and principal auctioneer Miles King stepped up to the podium to officially open the Ohio company’s May 27 Spring Premier Toy Auction. The 835-lot event, which featured virtually every popular category in the antique-toy realm, was on many a collector’s radar and had been closely monitored online, especially after word got out about a stellar collection of rare Japanese robots and space toys featured in the sale.

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Huge collection of rare robots, superheroes leads Milestone’s May 27 auction

Yone/Yonezawa (Japan) 12in battery-operated 8 Man remote-control Thunderbird car. All original and complete with retractable roof and steerable remote control. Sensational graphics on toy and original box (some restoration). Estimate $3,000-$5,000
Fantastic Nomura (Japan) battery-operated Walking Batman. All original, complete, and appears never to have been played with. All functions in working order when tested. Clean original box with great graphics of Batman, Robin and Batmobile. Estimate $6,000-$8,000
Fantastic Nomura (Japan) battery-operated Walking Batman. All original, complete, and appears never to have been played with. All functions in working order when tested. Clean original box with great graphics of Batman, Robin and Batmobile. Estimate $6,000-$8,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Today, many nations and private companies are engaged in the Space Race, but there’s no contest as to who the winner is when it comes to space toys. Japan has been the clear and unchallenged leader in the manufacture of robots and space toys since the end of World War II. The imaginative designs of Masudaya, Yonezawa, Nomura and scores of other Japanese firms of the 1950s-1970s are revered by collectors who love the toys’ fanciful looks and quirky actions, not to mention the wild artwork on their boxes. Milestone Auctions, the home of great toy collections, will offer a treasure trove of sought-after robots, space toys and dozens of other types of vintage playthings at their big May 27th Spring Premier Toy Sale. 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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Clown train, Santa car toys roll to victory at Bertoia

Tippco lithographed tin Santa car, 12in long. Ex Curtis and Linda Smith collection. Sold to a US buyer for a record-setting $60,000 against an estimate of $12,000-$18,000. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions
Very rare and important Marklin Fidelitas clown train, 37in long, complete with all original paint. Provenance: UK collection where it has resided for the past half-century. Sold within estimate for $84,000. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

Very rare and important Marklin Fidelitas clown train, 37in long, complete with all original paint. Provenance: UK collection where it has resided for the past half-century. Sold within estimate for $84,000. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

VINELAND, N.J. – Bertoia Auctions concluded a memorable year of high-profile events with a $2.7 million sale of toys, banks and Christmas antiques held on November 17-18 at their New Jersey gallery. The 1,179-lot selection presented on November 17-18 was steeped in toy-collecting history, with an abundance of exquisite, well-provenanced pieces coming from the lifetime collections of Bob Brady, Jack White, and Curtis and Linda Smith.

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Famed antique toy, bank & Christmas collections unite at Bertoia’s, Nov. 17-18

Boxed Yonezawa Atom Jet Racer, est. $20,000-$30,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Those who were immersed in the toy-collecting hobby as far back as the 1970s, ’80s or early ’90s – a golden era for toy buying – have fond memories of that time and often can recall exactly where and when they acquired certain prized pieces for their collections. The fun was not just in the acquisition of the toys, but also the friendships that developed. That sentiment certainly applies to the individuals whose blue-chip collections are featured in Bertoia’s November 17-18, 2022 Annual Fall Auction, which welcomes absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bertoia’s to auction Bill and Stevie Weart antique toy collection, Sept. 8-9 

Hubley cast-iron ‘Say It With Flowers’ delivery motorcycle, 10in long, the book example depicted in Bill and Stevie Weart’s ‘Cast Iron Automotive Toys’ (2000) reference book. Rare all-original toy in excellent to pristine condition. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

VINELAND, N.J. – On September 8-9, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, Bertoia’s will auction the antique toy collection of the late Bill and Stevie Weart, a couple whose contributions to the toy hobby were immense. Anyone who ever had the privilege of visiting the Wearts at their magnificent home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was left with the impression that they had witnessed something exceptional for these times. Their grand three-story residence, which was situated in a tranquil parklike setting, visually reflected what was most important to them in a home: fine architecture, tasteful furnishings, a garden that beckoned wild birds, and most of all, an interior design plan that prioritized the display of their spectacular toy collection.

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