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Pop culture rarities, Americana drive Hake’s auction total to $2.4M

Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

Encased Star Wars (1978) 3.75in Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 12 Back-A double-telescoping lightsaber action figure with SKU on footer denoted earlier production, AFA 75 Ex+/NM. Extremely rare and only the third carded specimen of its type ever to be offered by Hake’s. Sold for $79,178. Image courtesy of Hake’s Auctions

YORK, Pa. – Financial markets may be taking a breather, but there’s never a time out for those who pursue investment-grade vintage collectibles. Hake’s, the auction house that lit the fire for America’s pop culture obsession 55 years ago, rang up yet another high-flying auction total on November 15-16, achieving excellent prices across many specialty categories and closing the books at $2.4 million.

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Milestone beats Santa to the punch with Dec. 10 antique toy auction

Original Yonezawa (Japan) tin windup Diamond Planet Robot, rare variation with blue body and red arms. At 10in high, Diamond Planet is the largest windup robot ever produced. 100% original robot comes with high-quality repro box. Estimate $30,000-$50,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Every antique toy collector dreams of finding something rare and exotic under the Christmas tree, and sometimes those dreams come true. But there is an alternative that offers much better odds. Those who don’t want to risk receiving a clip-on tie or box of stale chocolates can find and bid on hundreds of rare and beautiful toys in Milestone Auctions’ December 10 Winter Toy Extravaganza. The suburban Cleveland company may be known for selling every type of high-end collectible from antique firearms to vintage petroliana, but toys are special to the Milestone crew. It’s one of the categories upon which their brand was founded, and its following amongst collectors is rock solid.

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Prices robust for classic Disney comics, original art

A four-color ‘Donald Duck #4’ (Dell, 1940) made $18,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

A Four-Color Comics ‘Donald Duck #4’ (Dell, 1940) made $18,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Disney is the very definition of a household name, represented by theme parks and movies as well as a merchandising empire that spans toys, books, costumes and home decor. One of its most collectible genres harkens back to the company’s roots in animation: original Disney art, comic strips and comic books are perennially popular, and demand in recent years has been high.

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Disney porcelain figure of Cinderella and Prince Charming, est. $100-$1,000

Disney fans will relish Akiba’s June 21 auction ‘Mickey Mouse and His Friends’

 

Disney porcelain figure of Cinderella and Prince Charming, est. $100-$1,000

Disney porcelain figure of Cinderella and Prince Charming, est. $100-$1,000

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Akiba Antiques will present The Mickey Mouse and His Friends auction on Tuesday, June 21 at noon Eastern time. The 609-lot sale will appeal to both established collectors and regular Disney fans. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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All aboard for toy trains at Bertoia Auctions, April 21

Lionel standard gauge Blue Comet set with 19-inch locomotive. Estimate $2,000-$4,000

VINELAND, N.J. – Last year antique toy collectors worldwide had two very special opportunities to acquire trains and toys from the 50-year collection of the late businessman, civic leader and humanitarian Paul Cole. Bertoia’s May 21-22, 2021 and October 15-16, 2021 sessions exclusively featuring Parts I and II of Paul’s collection tallied $4.4 million, with record prices paid for prized Marklin productions. On April 21, 2022, Bertoia’s will issue a boarding call to collectors as they auction the third and final grouping of exceptional American and European trains from Paul’s legendary holdings. In addition, the sale will include European tin wind-ups, American tin, cast-iron automotive, horse-drawn and bell toys; and diminutive penny toys – all from Paul’s personal collection.

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse motorcycle sells for a staggering $222K at Bertoia’s

Circa-1932 Tippco (Germany) Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle, tin wind-up, 9in long. Provenance: Donald Kaufman collection, Doug and Pat Wengel collection. Sold for $222,000, a world auction record for any Disney toy, against an estimate of $25,000-$45,000

VINELAND, N.J. – One of the most exciting events ever to be held at Bertoia Auctions’ New Jersey gallery took place on March 11-12 with the sale of the spectacular Monique Knowlton antique toy collection. The globally publicized auction of mostly 20th-century European, American and Japanese toys kept collectors riveted as examples with stellar provenance commanded unheard-of prices. After the hammer fell on the last of 628 lots, Bertoia’s president and principal auctioneer Michael Bertoia confirmed to the media that the single-owner collection had achieved a grand total of $2.16 million, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Vroom! Vintage toy motorcycles lead the pack at auction

Circa-1932 Tippco Mickey and Minnie Mouse tin windup motorcycle. Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Toy motorcycles certainly get collectors’ hearts revving. Several prominent toymakers produced a range of choices in the early 20th century, in tin or cast iron and from friction action to key windup to clockwork models. The diversity of appearance and the level of attention to detail makes toy motorcycles a prime collectible for both toy collectors and those who fill their garages with full-size motorcycles.

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Bertoia’s to auction top model’s phenomenal antique toy collection, March 11-12

Boxed Lehmann (Germany) ‘Mandarin’ wind-up toy. Estimate $4,000-$7,000

VINELAND, N.J. – On March 11 and 12, Bertoia’s will auction, without reserve, the Monique Knowlton antique toy collection, a spectacular assemblage of comic character, German automotive, American toys, and out-of-this-world Japanese robots and space toys. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Gilles de Tremaudan, ‘Mickey’s Garden,’ three storyboard sketches for the 1935 animated short of the same title, est. $15,000-$25,000

Swann draws bidders with Dec. 16 Illustration Art auction

Gilles de Tremaudan, ‘Mickey’s Garden,’ three storyboard sketches for the 1935 animated short of the same title, est. $15,000-$25,000

Gilles de Tremaudan, ‘Mickey’s Garden,’ three storyboard sketches for the July 1935 animated short of the same title, est. $15,000-$25,000

NEW YORK — Illustration Art at Swann Galleries has celebrated the artistic achievements of illustrators for nearly a decade, offering original artworks intended for publication, including newspapers, books, magazines and more. The auction house’s winter offering is slated for Thursday, December 16, and will feature illustrations for literature, animations from Walt Disney Studios, Sunday comics, cartoons for The New Yorker, and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hake’s auctions Capt. America shield for $259,540, closes 2021 at $10M+

Captain America ‘hero-prop’ shield created by Marvel Studios senior prop master Russell Bobbitt and used by Chris Evans for close-up shots in the 2019 film ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Near-pristine condition. Sold for $259,540, the highest price ever paid at auction for a Marvel movie prop

YORK, Pa. – A Captain America “hero-prop” shield screen-used by Chris Evans in Marvel Studios 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame sold for a heart-stopping $259,540 at Hake’s Auctions on November 3. The marquee item in a Nov. 2-3 online auction of premier entertainment and historical memorabilia, the star-emblazoned shield opened at $20,000 and attracted 17 bids before selling to its new owner, Wilmot “Wil” Creasy. A commercial analyst with Creasy Group, a Western Australia business focused on mining and metals exploration and investment, Creasy now adds iconic aluminum to his burgeoning pop-culture portfolio, which reportedly also includes extremely rare Pokémon cards [Instagram: Pokewizard96].

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