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Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 09:14
Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction
Also featured: Amphora & other pottery, fine jewelry, firefighting antiques
DENVER, Pa. – Two superb Martin Bros. stoneware birds occupy the top roost in Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts Auction slated for March 8. Intentionally grotesque and extremely desirable, the fully figural English birds are fashioned as tobacco jars with removable heads. One is dated 1907, while the other is dated 1908. Each is signed “R.W. Martin & Bros.”
“Martin Brothers birds have an avid following among ceramics and tobacciana collectors, both here and in the United Kingdom,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “To have one of these rare birds in our sale would be exciting enough, but to have two of them to offer to bidders is a very nice bonus.”
One of the birds stands 9¼ inches tall and is estimated at $25,000-$35,000. The other, posed as though the head is cocked to the side, is 12½ inches tall and could command $20,000-$30,000. Both are in excellent condition.
Dozens of figural humidors will follow the Martin birds. Many are formed as character heads or animals. Some will be of interest to black Americana collectors, as well.
Two outstanding collections of pottery will be auctioned. One of the collections contains fine examples of Amphora, including a 14-inch Dragon vase, $12,000-$15,000; and a Paris Expo 1900 frog vase, $4,000-$6,000. A 15¼-inch monumental Paul Dachsel-designed Blue Mushroom vase has a motif of soaring white birch trees with mushrooms circling the base.
The second collection consists primarily of Roseville and includes a number of unusual forms, from a Futura Blue Balloon vase to an array of wall pockets.
Many other potteries are represented, including Rookwood, Weller, Royal Doulton, Hampshire and Teco. A special entry is a 7½-inch artist-signed Newcomb College Moon & Trees vase, which is estimated at $4,000-$5,000.
An excellent selection of fine jewelry includes many distinctive rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Also, there are several Cartier timepieces, led by a ladies 10K gold watch with a diamond border surrounding the face. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. A gentleman’s 14K white gold Vacheron & Constantin watch is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.
A mixed grouping of Americana contains several standout lots, such as an antique 10-gallon stoneware crock from Jas. Hamilton & Co., of Greensboro, Pa. A handsome vessel decorated in a blue floral pattern, it is in “virtually untouched condition,” Morphy said. Its estimate is $6,000-$10,000.
Early firefighting equipment includes buckets, leather helmets, badges, a Boston fireman’s “speaking trumpet,” a 1794 fire mark, and several lanterns. An antique New England fire engine lamp marked “Roxy” and “Six” is in excellent condition and estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
Morphy’s March 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Auctions (www.morphyauctions.com), LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email email@example.com.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:40
‘Flying Spaceman’ on motorcycle summons superpowers to land in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction
DENVER, Pa. – An exceptional boxed example of a Bandai 12-inch “Flying Spaceman” took a wild ride on February 15th at Morphy’s before settling at $55,200 – more than three times its high estimate. Described in the Toy Auction catalog as being “possibly the best known example,” the crisp and colorful Japanese tin-litho motorcycle toy features a vinyl-caped hard-rubber “Superman” rider with a large tin “S” insignia on its chest.
“This particular toy was new/old stock with its original box and was found in a toy store in Japan. It’s very uncommon to find a Flying Spaceman in such nice condition, especially with the Superman shield still intact,” said Morphy Auctions’ owner, Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of interest in the toy prior to our sale, and it didn’t surprise me that it went for as much money as it did.”
Robots and space toys were strong across the board, Morphy said, with interest from around the world. “I’ve never seen online bidding as active as it was for this sale. From start to finish, there were at least 300 bidders on the Internet at any given time.” The auction grossed $996,000 (all prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium).
Although only 8 inches in height, a beautiful Kanto tin wind-up “Television Robot” was the object of fierce bidding competition and commanded a price that one might expect of a rare and imposing Gang of Five robot. Together with its richly illustrated factory box, the near-mint extraterrestrial had been entered in the sale with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Collectors chased the fine example to $32,400.
Other robot highlights included a boxed tin-litho “Inter Planet Space Captain,” $19,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$4,000; and two boxed robots that each made $8,400: a Masudaya “Mighty 8 Robot,” and a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind “Astro Scout.” Space guns, which have their own dedicated following amongst sci fi collectors, were led by a boxed Hiller “Atomic Ray Gun,” $3,000 (est. $400-$600) and a boxed Yonezawa battery-operated “Electro Ray-Gun,” $2,280 (est. $100-$300).
A 6-inch Ohio Art sand pail charmed bidders with its early, colorful lithographed image of Minnie Mouse paddling a canoe, along with companions Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Estimated at a modest $200-$400, it outperformed all other Disney toys in reaching a final bid of $4,200.
Cast-iron mechanical banks were in high demand, with a near-mint-plus example of an Artillery Target bank, complete with cannonballs, at the forefront. Although the manufacturer of this particular bank is not known, its designer was Samuel Clark of Brooklyn, New York, and its patent dates to 1877. Against an estimate of $18,000-$25,000, it hit the bull’s-eye at $51,600.
Following closely behind was an 1878 J. & E. Stevens Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog bank. One of the nicest of all known examples, it more than doubled its high estimate to realize $50,400.
Other banks in the day’s top 10 included: an 1891 J. & E. Stevens Cat and Mouse, $26,400; an 1884 Kyser & Rex Mammy & Child (rare color variation), $19,200; and an 1878 Pelican with Rabbit made by Trenton Lock and Hardware Co., $15,600.
“I was very pleased with the results,” said Morphy’s owner, Dan Morphy. “There was an atmosphere of enthusiasm throughout the sale, and many new bidders took part from around the world. Ask any auctioneer and they’ll tell you there’s nothing like new blood to liven up a market. If this sale is any indication of what’s to come, 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for us and for the toy hobby.”
To contact Morphy Auctions, tel. 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online: www.morphyauctions.com.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 17:11
The following is Dan Morphy’s travel schedule which includes the most up to date cities and information for his visits to cities near you.
This travel page was created to assist our customers who are interested in consignment and collection previews. Please contact Dan at 717-335-4569 or email@example.com
Dan Morphy, CEO/Owner
March 4 - 7: Palm Beach, FL
March 7-8: Mason-Dixon Gas Show, Frederick, MD
March 9: Atlantic City Antique Show, Atlantic City, NJ
March 14-16: Indy Ad Show, Indianapolis, IN
March 29 - 30: NY Pier Show, NYC, NY
April 12-13: Norm Shaut’s Fun Fair of Fine Collectibles, Bethlehem, PA
April 22-25: Spring Carlisle Car Show, Carlisle, PA
May 9-10: Old West Antiques Show, Grass Valley, CA
May 13-19: Mecum’s, Indianapolis, IN
Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:00
Morphy’s to move all auctions, including weekly sales, to Sat./Sun. timeslots
DENVER, Pa. – In response to numerous requests, Morphy’s is moving all of its auctions to weekend timeslots. The first of the company’s sales to make the changeover will be Morphy’s Weekly Auctions. Previously held on Tuesdays, they will now be conducted on Sundays, starting with the March 23 Advertising & Toy Auction.
“Our Weekly Auctions held on Tuesdays have been extremely popular with collectors, but many of our regular buyers have told us they would love to bid in these sales but can’t, primarily because of work commitments,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “Moving the Weekly Auctions to Sundays will open the playing field and enable many more bidders to take part.”
Ordinarily, Morphy’s conducts one Weekly Auction per month for each of the following categories: Toys, General Antiques, and Advertising & Toys. The auctions include items that may have missed a consignment deadline for one of Morphy’s Premier or Specialty Auctions. In other cases, consignments may represent antiques or collectibles that their owners prefer to sell quickly rather than waiting for the next major auction.
As for Morphy’s Premier and Specialty sales, they will be held exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays, starting with the April 26-27 Advertising & Coin-Op Auction.
“All one-day Specialty and Premier sales will continue to be Saturday events, but any two-day Premier sales, which traditionally have been held over a Friday and Saturday, will now be scheduled as Saturday/Sunday auctions,” said Morphy. “We’re eliminating all weekday sales completely.”
No change will be made to Morphy’s standard 9 a.m. start time. Also, all auctions will continue to offer multiple forms of bidding, including live in the gallery, by phone, absentee, or live via the Internet through Morphy Live, Invaluable or LiveAuctioneers.
For additional information, call 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Morphy’s online at www.morphyauctions.com.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 09:22
Morphy’s March 22 Premier Doll Auction Features Multigenerational Foote Family Collection
DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ March 22, 2014 Premier Doll Auction will showcase the multigenerational collection of the Foote family of Maryland. Doll collectors in the Washington, D.C., suburbs would be quite familiar with Iverna and Irving Foote, as they were active members of the Dollology Club and regular attendees at UFDC conventions and the Gaithersburg Doll Show.
The Foote collection’s heritage traces back to Irving’s mother, Dorothy Budde Foote, who was from Medina, Ohio. She joined her first doll club in 1940, but her doll collecting started even earlier, with the acquisition of Oriental dolls she bought to use at her church Sunday School classes. Later, Dorothy’ became interested in antique dolls, after seeing a picture on the cover of Antiques magazine.
“Dorothy Foote was fortunate to be able to attend the lst Annual UFDC convention in 1950,” said Morphy Auctions’ doll consultant, Jan Foulke. “Her sister, Bertha Budde, took up doll dressing, so many of the dolls in the Foote collection were costumed by ‘Aunt Bea.’”
Dorothy Foote had five children. All of them shared in the dispersal of her collection when she died, but only two actively followed in her doll-collecting footsteps: her son, Irving, and her daughter.
Irving’s wife, Iverna, shared her husband’s interest in collecting. With the dolls Irving inherited as its foundation, Irving and Iverna built a remarkable and diverse collection with a strong emphasis on early china dolls and wooden Schoenhut dolls and toys, but also including French bébés and fashion dolls; and early cloth, papier-mâché and parian dolls. The Footes often planned their vacations to include visits to doll and antique shops; auctions and conventions. Irving also enjoyed photography, and combined his two hobbies by photographing dolls and speaking to collector groups about how to take better pictures of their dolls.
The Foote family legacy has now entered its third generation through Irving and Iverna’s daughter, Mary Foote. An enthusiastic collector, Mary was initially encouraged by her grandmother, who gave her many dolls as gifts.
Irving Foote passed away in 2004, and at age 94, Iverna has now moved to an assisted-living facility where space to display her treasured dolls is very limited. Mary has chosen some of her parents’ dolls for her own collection, and other Foote family members have selected dolls as mementos. The remainder of the Foote collection will be offered to doll collectors around the world on March 22nd at Morphy’s.
Complementing the Foote family dolls will be an extensive private collection from Europe that reflects the owner’s love of children. The grouping is highlighted by an impressive selection of Kathe Kruse dolls that represents the entire spectrum of Kruse’s career, including wistful Doll I models, smiling “Schlenkerchen,” sleeping and awake “Sand Babies,” and a boxed “Hampelchen.”
Saucy and mischievous googlies abound, representing such makers as Kestner, Heubach, Marseille, K & R, SFBJ and Hertel Schwab. Not to be overlooked is a wide variety of Gebr. Heubach characters that reveal a gamut of emotions, from pouting to laughing; and several elusive SFBJ 252 pouty toddlers. K & R characters are represented by no fewer than 12 different models – with many multiples – including desirable “pouties.” Happy toddlers and babies by various German factories add a touch of idealism to this group.
From Maryland, comes a group of antique dollhouses and miniatures, including a rare Tynietoy farmhouse and a lovely selection of Tynietoy furniture. Other consignments from around the United States bring the auction total to about 700 lots.
For additional information on any lot in the sale, contact Jan Foulke by emailing email@example.com.
Morphy’s March 22 Premier Doll Auction will commence at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), LiveAuctioneers (www.liveauctioneers.com) or Invaluable (www.invaluable.com).
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 14:40
Morphy’s Feb. 21-22 Advertising Auction introduces world-renowned David Silverman collection of pinball machines
Featured: Tobacciana, chewing gum & soda pop advertising including 500 Coca-Cola lots
DENVER, Pa. – Dazzling colors, flashing lights and clanging bells will provide the soundtrack for Morphy Auctions’ Feb. 21-22 auction featuring Part I of the David Silverman collection of vintage pinball machines. The 1,300-lot auction will include 75 machines from the 35-year Silverman collection, which is considered one of the largest and most exciting pinball groupings ever amassed.
“David Silverman founded the National Pinball Museum, originally located in Washington, DC. All of the machines we will be auctioning in a series of sales, starting with this one, come directly from David’s collection, which were on view in the museum,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.
Some of the highlights within the introductory grouping include Lot 13, a 1950 Gottlieb Bank A Ball, with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate; Lot15, a Gottlieb Sittin Pretty, $2,500-$3,000; Lot 17, a Gottlieb Knock-Out, $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 66, a Bally Revenge From Mars, $3,000-$3,500.
The auction moves from pinballs to 70 lots of automobilia. Some of the highlights include a collection of more than 15 vintage gas pumps. The lineup includes Lot 159, a Bennett Model 150 $1,800-$2,500; and two designs by Wayne: Lot 162, a Model No. 60, $2,000-$3,000; and Lot 163, a No. 60 computing pump, also $2,000-$3,000.
A fine selection of tobacciana will follow, with highlights including Lot 199, a Safety Brand Cigar label $800-$1,200; Lot 203, a Big Run Good Luck Cigar label, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 281, a Jack Rose paper poster, $1,500-$2,500. Lot 295, a celluloid sign advertising Ditto Cigars, is expected to make $1,200-$2,200, while Lot 303, a Recruit Cigars porcelain door push, is entered with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Lot 305, a window display for Lucky Strike, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Metal tobacco containers are led by Lot 318, a Dunnsboro Tobacco tin, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 321, a Mohawk Chief Cigar can, $1,000-$2,000; and Lot 353, a North Pole Tobacco tin, $800-$1,400.
For “chewsy” collectors there will be approximately 30 early gum-related lots. Top entries include Lot 387, an Adams Pepsin Gum die-cut, $800-$1,500; Lot 380, a Beech-Nut Gum display, $1,500-$2,500; and the star of the group, Lot 386, a rare circa-1900 Star Pepsin Gum machine, $10,000-$15,000.
The Friday session concludes with a variety of antique advertising items covering many consumer categories. Lot 494, a Graphite Paint poster, features a colorful Uncle Sam image and could reach $2,000-$4,000. Lot 495, a poster for American Rubbers, carries a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Lot 507, a Butter Krust Bread embossed tin sign, could realize $4,000-$6,000. Also of embossed tin, Lot 534, advertising Kabo Corsets, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Other prized items include Lot 554, an 1880s Baker Cocoa Tin sign, $2,000-$4,000; Lot 580, an International Paints porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and Lot 627, a very early wood sign touting “Brown Wagons.” It is cataloged with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
Saturday’s session begins with more than 50 barber shop-related items. Some of the key pieces include Lot 711, an antique occupational shaving mug emblazoned with an automobile, $1,000-$2,000; Lot 718, a shipbuilders shaving mug, $600-$1,000; Lot 745, an early wood barber pole, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 746, a Koken barber chair, $1,500-$2,500.
Much of Saturday’s activity is devoted to 500+ Coca-Cola lots. The list of highlights is impressive and includes: Lot 835, a 1905 Coca-Cola serving tray, $3,000-$4,000; Lot 884, a 1901 Coca-Cola calendar, $10,000-$15,000; Lot 885, a 1902 calendar top, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 890, a 1913 Coca-Cola calendar top, $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 904, a 1930s Coca-Cola Brunhoff illuminating sign, $10,000-$15,000. Lot 905, a 1908 Coca-Cola poster carries the highest estimate among the Coke collectibles at $18,000-$25,000. Other noteworthy items include: Lot 923, a 1905 Coca-Cola cardboard sign, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 923, a 1937 Coca-Cola window display, $3,500-$6,000; Lot 956, a 1927 Coca-Cola “leaves” festoon, $5,000-$8,000; and Lot 967, a 1903 Coca-Cola tin sign, $10,000-$15,000.
Many other brands of soda pop are represented in the sale. The selection includes Lot 1093, a Pepsi celluloid pin-back, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 1109, an Orange Crush Rockwell sign, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 1115, a Lime Crush cardboard sign, $2,000-$3,000. A Whistle Masonite clock, entered as Lot 1257, is a cheerful timekeeper with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate, while Lot 1311, a Wineberry syrup dispenser is a sweet choice at $10,000-$15,000. An Allen’s Red Tame Cherry tin die-cut sign concludes the list at $6,000-$9,000.
For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Feb. 21-22, 2014 Advertising Auction, call 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available. Preview the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online as the auction is taking place through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), Invaluable.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.
Submitted by admin on Fri, 01/24/2014 - 15:08
Rare signs, gas pumps & globes, oil cans, collection of gas station S&Ps to be sold
PEOTONE, Ill. – Collectors won’t need to honk the horn for service at Morphy’s Feb. 28 Petroliana auction – all they’ll need to do is raise their bidding paddles on any of 600 choice lots of antique and vintage gas, oil and automotive-related items. The specialty auction will be held at the Will County Fairgrounds in Peotone, Illinois, two days prior to the popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, which is held at the same venue. It will be the first sale to reflect Morphy’s acquisition of Matthews Auction Company, whose employees are now part of the Morphy Auctions team.
“Dan Matthews, who founded Matthews Auctions, built a terrific following for petroliana in the Midwest, and his Peotone auction has been credited with playing an important role in the strong attendance at the Chicagoland Petroliana show. We hope to continue building on that success, starting with our February 28th sale under Dan’s supervision,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.
Encompassing everything from oilcans to porcelain and metal gas and automotive signs and even full-size gas pumps and globes from the filling stations of yesteryear, the auction will also feature a special highlight: Part I of the John Jarvis collection of gas-pump-shape salt and peppers. Produced from the late 1940s through 1960s as premiums for customers, each of the functional dispensers has the name of a gas station on its back. Auction estimates on the diminutive figural sets range from $100-$120, to $1,000 or more for rare examples issued by Humble and Hancock stations.
The sale will open with 16 lots of quart-size oil cans, the best of which is a Golden Flash can estimated at $2,000-$3,000; then move into signs, gas pump globes and a second helping of signs. “My past sales have been heavily sign oriented, since that’s what most collectors want,” said Matthews. “For every globe collector, I’d say there are probably 25 to 50 sign collectors.”
Among the auction’s top signs are a rare, double-sided porcelain sign for Harbor Petroleum Products. It is the first double-sided variation Matthews has ever handled, as well as the nicest one he has ever seen. It carries an estimate of $40,000-$60,000. A Wyeth Tires curved, single-sided porcelain sign with the image of a boy dressed as an early driver inside a stack of tires is expected to make $20,000-$30,000; while an appealing Bruinoil Gasoline (northwest Pa.) tin flange sign graphically emblazoned with a bear emerging from a lake is estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Matthews remarked that any Brunoil signs he had seen in the past were restored, but the one to be auctioned on February 28th is original and the finest example he has ever encountered.
The advertising lineup continues with an Oilzum Motor Oil double-sided tin sign with familiar “Oilzum Man” logo, $5,000-$8,000; and a Mother Penn Motor Oil neon sign with the company’s “motherly” figure at its top, $12,000-$15,000. Approximately 10 tractor signs are entered in the sale, representing such companies as Case, Cletrac and John Deere (neon).
Several automotive signs will be offered, including a particularly nice Hudson Parts & Service sign, with Hudson logo, $4,000-$5,000; an early spoked-wheel Studebaker sign, $1,500-$2,000; and a superb double-sided Cadillac LaSalle Authorized Service sign with lighted hood, $10,000-$15,000. “Back before neon caught on, they would install a hood above a sign and put a light inside it,” Matthews explained. “This is the first one of its type that I’ve sold.”
Gas pump highlights include a Wayne Model 491 “Roman column” 10-gallon visible gas pump, $15,000-$25,000; and a Wayne Model 452 curb pump with twin 5-gallon attachments, $8,000-$12,000.
An attractive Spirit Gas globe with the firm’s distinctive beehive logo leads the 125-lot selection of gas pump globes and is valued at $10,000-$15,000. Another desirable animal-theme logo is seen on the Buffalo Gasoline globe in the sale. Although a single-lens type, the globe’s appealing, uniquely American depiction of a buffalo running in a field should boost its value to $4,000-$5,000.
A new discovery sure to entice collectors is a “Use Grasses Red Hat Gasoline” globe with a star-spangled red hat logo. “This is a very rare item from an early independent company,” Matthews said. “Unfortunately, Standard Oil sued Red Hat over the logo, which they had to change to an Art Deco thunderbird, but the litigation put them out of business.” The Red Hat globe could fetch $6,000-$8,000 at auction.
Although not petroliana related, several vintage cardboard displays, a Victor Records porcelain sign and a jukebox trade sign are included in the auction, as well.
“There won’t be any pain at the pump during this sale,” said Dan Morphy. “Dan Matthews has brought his tradition of offering only the rarest and most desirable petroliana to his new home at Morphy’s. We’re very excited about hosting the February 28th auction and meeting many of the customers who’ve bid in Morphy’s advertising sales over the years but whom we had never had the pleasure of meeting personally. It’s going to be a lot of fun for everyone.”
The Friday, Feb. 28 auction will commence at 10 a.m. Central Time, 11 a.m. Eastern Time at the Will County Fairgrounds, 710 S. West St., Peotone, IL 60468. The preview will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 3-6 p.m., and from 8-10 a.m. on auction day. All forms of bidding will be available, including phone, absentee and live via the Internet through Morphy Live (see Morphy Auctions website for details), LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.
For information on any item in the sale, call Dan Matthews tollfree at 877-968-8880 or email email@example.com. Visit Morphy’s online at www.morphyauctions.com.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:18
Comic characters and robots march alongside automotive toys at Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction
Featured: 100+ lots of cast-iron banks, led by rare J&E Stevens Clown, Harlequin & Columbine
DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ first major toy sale of 2014, slated for Saturday, February 15, will feature more than 856 lots and dozens of collecting categories. The event will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, and all forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live, LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.
The fun begins with a sci-fi offering of more than 250 robot and space-toy lots. Some of the highlights include Lot 5, a boxed X9 Space Robot Car, estimate $3,000-$4,500; Lot 47, a painted tin, crank-wind Astro Scout, $5,000-$7,000; and Lot 48, a scarce, boxed Television Robot, $15,000-$25,000. Lot 97, an X27 Explorer is expected to make $4,000-$6,000, as is Lot 162, a Change Man Robot. Lot 98, an unusual Pinocchio Spaziale, or “Space Pinocchio,” could reach $6,000-$9,000.
Next in line will be 250+ character and other tin toys. Many favorites from comic books and newspaper comic pages of the past will cross the auction block, including Lot 378, a Nifty Felix the Cat platform toy, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 394, a boxed Marx Popeye Baggage Express, $800-$1,200; and Lot 402, an ever-popular Hoge Popeye in Rowboat, $600-$1,200. Three items with a connection to the Man of Steel are: Lot 247, a Bandai friction Flying Spaceman Superman Cycle, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 419, a Superman Action Target Game, $800-$1,200; and Lot 421, a Superman Sirocco statue, $1,200-$1,800. A wonderful Steiff Mickey Mouse doll, entered as Lot 482, could charm a bid of $600-$1,200.
The sale continues with more than 100 mechanical and still banks, predominantly of cast iron. Key examples include Lot 550, a desirable Artillery Target Bank in near-mint condition, $18,000-$25,000; and several banks in near-mint-plus condition: Lot 552, a Patronize the Blind Man & Dog, $15,000-$25,000; Lot 556, an Artillery Bank, $8,000-$12,000; and Lot 563, a Pelican Bank, $8,000-$12,000. Lot 561, a near-mint Kyser & Rex Mammy with Spoon, tan-dress variation, could bring $18,000-$25,000; while Lot 576, a near-mint-plus Hen & Chick carries an $8,000-$12,000 estimate. Leading the group is Lot 553, a rare and coveted J. & E. Stevens Clown, Harlequin & Columbine bank, which is expected to venture well into six-figure territory, based on its estimate of $125,000-$175,000.
The banks will be followed by 100+ cast-iron toys and doorstops. Automotive toys will figure prominently, with such highlights as Lot 615, a Hubley Armored Motorcycle, $400-$800; and three Arcade toys: Lot 629, Tractor & Trailer, $800-$1,200; Lot 633, Industrial Derrick, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 634, Tank, $400-$800. Lot 657, a Lammerts Moving Van, could deliver a winning bid of $1,000-$3,000; while Lot 666, a Dent American Oil Truck, might fetch $2,000-$4,000. Among the figural cast-iron doorstops, Lot 638, a design known as “Black Sambo,” has crossover appeal with collectors of black Americana. Its estimate is set at $1,800-$2,500.
A very nice selection of more than 50 die-cast toys includes a number of British-made Corgi favorites. They include: Lot 680, Transporter, $200-$400; Lot 681, Crane Truck, $200-$400; Lot 686, Beatles Submarine, $200-$400; and Lot 700, Corgi’s #21 Gift Set, $800-$1,200.
More than 30 lots of pressed-steel automotive toys include several classics from Buddy L, including Lot 740, an International Baggage Truck, $12,000-$16,000; and Lot 751, a Railway Express Truck, $800-$1,200. Lot 747, a store display for Banner pressed-steel trucks, carries a $1,000-$1,500 estimate.
The auction is rounded out by 100+ general toy lots. Highlights include Lot 773, a Gilbert James Bond display, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 775, a Japanese tin Harley-Davidson motorcycle, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 787, a Dooling Bros. gas-powered car, $600-$1,200; and Lot 847, an American Flyer Trolley Car. Those who favor European toys will find a plentiful assortment from which to choose, including Lot 790, a French JEP tin seaplane, $800-$1,200; Lot 802, a Carette tin boat, $1,200-$1,800; and Lot 811, a Lehmann motorcycle, $1,000-$1,500.
For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Feb. 15, 2014 Toy Auction, call 717-335-3435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available. Preview the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online as the auction is taking place through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), Invaluable.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.
Visit Morphy Auctions online at www.morphyauctions.com.
Submitted by admin on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 15:30
Collectors take aim at rare Colt pistols in Morphy’s Jan. 11 Firearms sale
633-lot auction featuring 35-year private collection garners $1.8 million
DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s Jan. 11 Firearms sale, anchored by a fine 35-year private collection, was 100% sold and grossed $1.8 million, said the central Pennsylvania auction company’s CEO, Dan Morphy. Two desirable Colt pistols shared top-lot honors in the 633-lot sale, knocking down $96,000 each. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.
“We knew from the amount of interest shown prior to the sale that it would probably end up being our most successful Firearms sale ever, and that’s exactly what happened,” said Morphy. “There were 2,800 registered bidders, 150 of them in the gallery, which was standing room only. Several of the country’s biggest firearms buyers were bidding, either in person or over the phones, and there were more Internet bidders than we’ve ever had for any Morphy’s gun sale. If I could describe their bidding style as a whole, I’d say it was very confident. It’s been our experience that whenever genuinely rare firearms appear in the marketplace, bidders don’t hesitate. They go for it.”
And “go for it” they did when Lot 146, a Colt production Model 1909 .45 caliber trial pistol, #11 of only 22 manufactured, opened for bidding. Accompanied by a Colt letter of authenticity, it soared to an above-estimate final price of $96,000. A second Colt .45 pistol, entered as Lot 162 and described as a “very early production with Serial #10 and United States Property on the frame,” also achieved $96,000, easily surpassing its $10,000-$20,000 estimate.
Making it a Colt trifecta at the top of prices realized, a Colt production Model 1910 9.8mm test pistol, the first of only four produced for government trials, was offered together with a very scarce box of 9.8mm Colt ammunition. Entered as Lot 147, it secured a winning bid of $90,000.
Lot 154, a .45 caliber Singer .45 caliber pistol was marked “US Property” and “Model 1911A1 U.S. Army.” A rare gun to find on the open market, it sold for $78,000 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Lot 396, a New Haven Arms production lever-action .41 caliber carbine – a short musket or rifle historically used by cavalry – exhibited a pre-Civil War magazine-loader design that influenced later Henry and Winchester lever-action rifles and carbines. “Firearms of this type are very rarely encountered on the market,” said Morphy Auctions’ general manager, Kris Lee. That statement was borne out by the price realized: $40,800 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. Another noteworthy rifle of the antebellum era was Lot 301, a rare Smith-Jennings .54 caliber model with a serial number of 115, achieved $34,800 – more than three times its high estimate.
Lot 389, a handsome Winchester 1886 45/90 caliber WCF Sporting Rifle with a full magazine in its octagon barrel, retained a Winchester letter of authentication and sold well above estimate for $16,200.
A Webley World War I production of the Webley-Fosbery Model 1914 .455 caliber Cordite automatic revolver was entered as Lot 114 and came with a leather holster engraved “Glen C. Holland, Gordon Highlanders,” referring to the famous Scottish Highlands regiment. Estimated at $8,000-$10,000, the antique weapon reached $18,000 at auction.
An unusual entry, Lot 305 consisted of an original armory crate containing 20 Model 1884 “trapdoor” rifles with bayonets in very good to fine condition. The consignor had purchased the crate of weapons from the Montana National Guard. It was offered complete with inserts used to protect the firearms during shipment. The lot was bid to an above-estimate price of $34,800.
“We were extremely pleased with the response to this sale,” said Kris Lee. “Buyers drove and flew in three weeks prior to the sale to preview the collection privately. The week of the auction was so busy we had to race to keep up with the requests for condition reports, questions and showings. It was a great sign that the sale was going to be a success.”
Lee said that after the event concluded, the feedback was “overwhelmingly positive…Many buyers were first-time bidders with us, and they were impressed with our operation and the quality of what we were selling.”
Morphy Auctions’ next Firearms sale will be held on July 19. Consignments will be accepted until May 12. For additional information, contact Kris Lee at Morphy Auctions by calling 717-335-4570 or emailing email@example.com. Visit Morphy Auctions online at www.morphyauctions.com.
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Jennifer Belz named marketing director at Morphy Auctions
DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, has announced the appointment of Jennifer A. Belz to the position of marketing director. Belz, who has a stellar 10-year track record in marketing and communications, will be responsible for planning, developing and executing marketing strategies for the rapidly growing central Pennsylvania auction house.
As marketing director, Belz will streamline both internal and external communications, and oversee the development and implementation of support materials and services for the company at all levels. Additionally, she will create and manage Morphy’s ad schedules for print and other media.
Prior to joining Morphy’s, Belz spent 10 years with travAlliancemedia in Westampton, New Jersey, starting as marketing coordinator and rising to the positions of marketing director and, ultimately, brand manager.
From June 2000 till November 2002, Belz served as marketing coordinator for Keating Building Corporation in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
A Philadelphia native and graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., Belz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communications. She and her husband, Jason, have two children and live in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
“Jennifer has an impressive record of past successes and came highly recommended,” said Dan Morphy. “We’re all very pleased that she has joined the Morphy Auctions team and are confident that she will be a great asset to our organization.”
To contact Jennifer Belz, call 717-335-4598 or email JenniferB@morphyauctions.com.