Howie Meyer collection rung up big numbers at Miller and Miller

1939 Indian 4 Model 439 motorcycle, which sold for CA$85,000 ($62,710 or $77,130 with buyer’s premium) at Miller & Miller.

NEW HAMBURG, Canada — Canadian mega-collector Howie Meyer’s estate came to market with all manner of Canadian-themed collectibles great and small at Miller & Miller December 9. The results were strong, occasionally surprising and highly indicative of a thriving collector base in Canada and beyond for quality pop culture items. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s biggest surprise was a flip-flop of the two top estimated lots. Anticipated to be the big seller, Meyer’s 1968 Canadian-market Chevrolet Chevelle convertible only managed CA$60,000 ($44,260 or $54,450 with buyer’s premium), not even hitting the low of its CA$80,000-CA$90,000 estimate.

Instead, it was Meyer’s 1939 Indian 4 Model 439 motorcycle that came out on top, zooming past its CA$70,000-CA$75,000 estimate to land at CA$85,000 ($62,710 or $77,130 with buyer’s premium). Bidding started at CA$65,000 and five bids later, it was finished.

Featuring the artwork of the animated The Beatles cartoon series produced in Australia in 1965-67, Williams’ Beat Time pinball machine definitely beat its modest estimate CA$2,000-CA$2,500 with a hammer price of CA$10,000 ($7,370 or $9,075 with buyer’s premium).

Having recovered from the devastation of World War II, Marklin returned to form in the postwar period with a full line of electric trains, steam plants, tin toys, and most notably, construction sets that could be assembled into a million different final outcomes. This Marklin Wunderrad (Wonderwheel) measures 50in in diameter and is powered by a Marklin steam plant (no doubt, sold separately). Created by Marklin as a store display in the 1950s, the wheel retains its original signage and was estimated at only CA$900-CA$1,100. Bidders saw it differently, however, driving the Wonderrad to a CA$4,500 finish ($3,320 or $4,380 with buyer’s premium).

Single-owner Canadian-market vehicle, toy and advertising collection comes to Miller and Miller Dec. 9

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NEW HAMBURG, Canada — Howie Meyer knew the joy of collecting. From cars and motorcycles to vintage toys, advertising and soda pop collectibles, his passions were reflected in every item he owned and loved, with a particular focus on Canadian market goods. His lifetime collection will be offered on Saturday, December 9 at Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. in a online-only sale now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The 383-lot auction features toys, militaria, petroliana, soda advertising, motorcycles, cars and automobilia. “If one word encompasses the late Howie Meyer and his collection, that word would be ‘fun’,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “This great sale was a lifetime in the making.”

A perfect example of Meyer’s collection was his beloved 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible, built at the Oshawa plant and sold new in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada by R.E. Sculthorpe Ltd. (GM Canada Vintage Vehicles documented). One of only 108 produced for sale in Canada, it carries an estimate of CA$80,000-CA$90,000 ($58,585-$65,900).

Meyer’s 1939 Indian ‘4’ Model 439 motorcycle is another of the sale’s top-estimated lots. Built between 1928 and 1942, the Indian features a 4-cylinder motor and is in untested condition (the engine does turn over). It is estimated at CA$70,000-CA$75,000 ($51,260-$54,920).

Perfect for any game room is this 1967 Williams Beat Time pinball machine featuring unlicensed cartoon caricatures of the Beatles taken from the animated television series. The machine lights, but will require some refurbishment. It is estimated at CA$2,000-CA$2,500 ($1,460-$1,830).

Canadian-market private-label toys always find favor with collectors. This Canadian Oil White Rose tanker truck was marketed in the 1950s by Otaco under the Minnitoys brand. It is estimated at CA$1,200-CA$1,500 ($870-$1,090).
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1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible, estimated at CA$80,000-CA$90,000 ($58,585-$65,900) at Miller & Miller.
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1939 Indian ‘4’ Model 439 motorcycle, estimated at CA$70,000-CA$75,000 ($51,260-$54,920) at Miller & Miller.
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1967 Williams Beat Time pinball machine, estimated at CA$2,000-CA$2,500 ($1,460-$1,830) at Miller & Miller.
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Otaco Minnitoys Canadian Oil White Rose tanker truck, estimated at CA$1,200-CA$1,500 ($870-$1,090) at Miller & Miller.
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Coca-Cola Vendo 44 vending machine, estimated at CA$4,000-CA$6,000 ($2,920-$4,390) at Miller & Miller.
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All aboard! Turner has more model trains from single-owner collection, Jan. 29

1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400
1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400
1882 Western and Atlantic locomotive from a Lionel Sears general set of five model train cars, together estimated at $200-$400

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Part 2 of the Armond Conti collection of model trains on Sunday, January 29, beginning at 10:30 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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