Spring Signature Auction | March 2019


March 2019

March 9-10, 2019
Saturday begins at 12pm
Sunday begins at 10am

Certain to be the most anticipated event of 2019. Featuring four distinct collections;

The world class Samuel Downey Collection (Sunday March 10th)
Being sold over two installments due its depth and variety, looking at Sam’s collection spread amongst our gallery provides collectors a glimpse of tin toy mastery at the turn of the 20th century. Marklin boats, submarines and zeppelins are accompanied by trains and stations ranging from 0 gauge to gauge IV. Sam’s affinity for speed is made obvious by his automotive and motorcycle collection with a focus on racers. Sam’s collection features an abundance of primitive live-steam toys, engines, and accessories.

The private collection of Michael Bertoia’s penny toys (Saturday March 9th)
In the thirty years of building the collection, Michael never sold a single piece off the shelf. Taught at a young age from his parents, Bill & Jeanne, Michael sought the best condition examples he could find. An emphasis was always placed on articulated penny toys which had a whimsical style and nice motion. Only a portion of the collection is going up for sale with the other half being passed down to the next generation of Bertoia collectors, Michael’s son Aldo William.

The second half of the Frank Mohr mechanical toy collection (Saturday March 9th)
Franks impressive collection premiered in the September 2018 Bertoia Signature Auction. A diverse collection by category, each piece has a familiar characteristic of mechanical motion. Extensive Fernand Martin toys, early American clockwork and tin toys, and beautiful Automatons will be sure to captivate even the most advanced of collectors.

Part II offering of the Jackman Still Bank Collection (Saturday March 9th)
The second offer of Douglas Jackmans still bank collection will be certain to attract interest across the country. An emphasis on paint and color is obvious upon examining the banks offered this March. Over 100 choice still banks will be presented at this auction, ranging from multi-color architectural examples to figural banks.

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Marklin Boats & Trains | Early European motorcycles & Autos | Live Steam Engines and Accessories | Rare Penny Toys | Clockwork Automatons | Early American Clockwork Tin Toys | A near complete collection of Fernand Martin Toys | Hand painted Still Banks