Morphy Auctions' March 30-31, April 1 Spring Sale Morphy’s 2200-lot no-reserve Spring auction features rare antique toys and banks from the Bob Brady collection and part II of the Gary Selmonsky comic character collection. Illustrated catalog online.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Morphy’s no-reserve Spring auction features toys and banks from the Bob Brady collection, part II of Gary Selmonsky comic character collection
DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ no-reserve Spring sale scheduled for March 30-31 and April 1 is already generating a buzz in the collecting community with the news that it includes toys and banks from the esteemed Bob Brady collection, part II of the Gary Selmonsky comic character collection and, as a special highlight, vintage toys from the collection of Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
A motion-picture legend, DiCaprio is also a committed supporter of environmental protection organizations through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which he established in 1998. All proceeds from the sale of his toys will be donated to the foundation, with no auction commission charged by Morphy’s. “We are incredibly proud to be handling this collection, knowing it will help so many worthy organizations through Mr. DiCaprio’s foundation,” said Morphy Auctions’ co-founder, Dan Morphy. “We are creating special auction tags for each of the items from the DiCaprio collection, whose contents which will be sold during the opening session on Thursday.”
Thursday, March 30, 2006
More than 150 Star Wars figures will be offered in the Thursday session, including a rare Jawa figure with plastic cape, still on its unpunched original card; and a Power of the Force Anakin Skywalker. Each is valued at “several thousand dollars,” according to Morphy.
A complete set of Mego Superhero figures consigned to the sale includes the very rare Robin figure with removable mask, and more than 200 Superhero and action figures mainly from the collection of Carl Lobel. “There are many Batman and Robin, Green Hornet and Japanese Superhero characters in this portion of the sale,” Morphy confirmed.
The Thursday session also includes an excellent collection of approximately 200 robots and space toys. Among the highlights are a Gang of Five “Train” (Giant Sonic) Robot, a “Pug” Robby, Porthole Robot, a boxed Ranger Robot and a large, boxed Cragstan Astronaut.
“Almost all of the Superheroes, action figures and robots are in near-mint condition, with their original boxes or packages. A lot of it is old store stock made for the Japanese market,” Morphy said.
Friday, March 31, 2006
Friday’s session commences with a collection of more than 300 pieces of advertising, highlighted by the Evan Lenk condom tin collection, possibly the largest consignment of its type ever to be offered at auction. Among the more than 100 condom-tin entries are such rare examples as: The Poppys (lithographed with images of poppies), Sphinx, Tally Ho and Akron Zeppelin. Nearly all of the condom tin lots are in 9.5 out of 10 condition, or better.
Following the advertising section, approximately 40 pieces of automotive pressed steel will be rolled out, with several noteworthy examples by Buddy ‘L’: an engine/tender from the Outdoor Railway, an extension ladder truck with original box, a touring bus and an ice truck in excellent condition. Sturditoy lots include an American La France fire engine and a Police Patrol.