Morphy's Fall sale features Bob Merck collection of Christmas antiques, rare animation art Morphy Auctions’ Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2 Fall sale features not only an abundance of late 19th- and early 20th-century toys and banks, but also antique and vintage holiday items, and rare animation art.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ Fall sale scheduled for Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2, features not only an abundance of late 19th- and early 20th-century toys and banks, but also antique and vintage holiday items, superior-quality original animation art and hundreds of playthings that will take many collectors right back to their own childhoods. As is the standard with all Morphy sales, fresh-to-the-market private collections will be the focal point on all three days.
Thursday, Aug. 31:
The opening session presents a special opportunity for collectors of soda pop material, with approximately 200 pieces of early Coca-Cola advertising to be sold. Among the highlights are a mint-condition Coca-Cola bottle lamp (estimate $5,000-7,000), an early-20th century Coke festoon in mint condition and a fine selection of serving trays in original, near-mint-plus condition. Also in the grouping are a number of outstanding cardboard signs, flange signs and highly sought-after Coca-Cola calendars.
Another featured collection in Thursday’s lineup includes approximately 50 Hartland baseball and Western figures, most of them mint with their original manufacturer’s tags. Additionally, for those who like their toys shaken, but not stirred, there is a collection of new/old store stock toys, including several with a TV spy theme. Among these items are a boxed James Bond 007 attaché case, a boxed Man From U.N.C.L.E thrush gun, and several character gun sets, including Bonanza.
Playsets have been a solid hit with collectors in previous Morphy sales. The Fall auction includes around 50 more playsets, all in their original boxes. Around a dozen are still factory sealed. Rarities in the category include Captain Gallant and Jungle Jim. Other “boomer” toys include part II of the Carl Lobel collection, featuring approximately 50 Japanese Superhero figures, many of which are boxed. Rarities include a Masked Rider walking figure and boxed examples of the largest size Ultraman and Mirror Man, both by Bullmark.
Also sure to be of interest to collectors of postwar toys are the 75 lots of robots and space toys. At the forefront are two Masudaya Gang of Five members: a Lavender robot and a Giant Sonic (“Train”) robot. Two other top lots in this section are a rare, boxed Winky robot and a boxed Thunder robot.
Pressed steel – a category whose strength has never abated in the marketplace – is well represented in the sale. Morphy’s will offer approximately 100 lots by premium manufacturers like Kingsbury, Buddy ‘L’ and Turner. A coveted Turner Lincoln is a highlight of this category.
Friday, Sept. 1:
Variety is the keyword in the Friday session. More than 100 tin toys, including many character types, will be auctioned, as will 200+ lots of Disney toys and figurines. Included in the latter grouping are a number of rare bisque and ceramic pieces made in German before World War II, and several very rare celluloid character toys, such as a boxed Mickey Mouse whirligig, Mickey Mouse riding a wind-up jumping horse, Donald Duck roly poly, and a boxed Henry and Swan. Also to be sold