Rare Ki-Co Toy Motorcyle Brings $5,060 at 4 Seasons A rare wind-up toy motorcycle made by the German firm Ki-Co around 1910 sold for $5,060 at an estate sale held July 29 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery in Atlanta. The penny toy was in pristine cond'n.
RARE KI-CO GERMAN WIND-UP TOY MOTORCYCLE FETCHES $5,060
AT FOUR SEASONS IN ATLANTA; FIRM HOLDS 6 SALES IN 14 DAYS
(Atlanta, Ga.) – A rare wind-up toy motorcycle made by the German firm Ki-Co around 1910 sold for $5,060 at an estate sale held July 29 by Four Seasons Auction Gallery of Atlanta. The penny toy, measuring 4” long x 3” tall, had all its original paint and was in pristine condition. Prices quoted include a 10% buyer’s premium.
The July 29 sale comprised four lifetime toy collections and over 1,000 lots, but it was just the first of six sales Four Seasons would conduct over a two-week period. It held another multi-estate sale the very next day, July 30th, and a huge on-site estate sale in Marietta on August 6th. All three sales featured more than 1,000 lots each.
“It was a real tribute to our wonderful staff that we were able to pull off all these big, important sales in such a brief period of time,” said Steve White, president of Four Seasons. “Not many auction firms have six sales in a matter of two weeks. And if they do, they’re not as big as this. I really have to tip my hat to the people who work for me.”
Highlights from the July 29 multi-estate sale included:
One of the most interesting lots to hit the floor was an actual program from the 1912 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (one of the first runnings of the “Indy 500”). In like-new condition, and having been found at the bottom of a box, the program sold for $1,155. Most similar examples are of a much later vintage, and in lesser condition.
In the advertising category, a framed George T. Stagg Co. Distillers (Frankfort, Ky.) advertising sign (circa 1880-1900, 3’ tall), depicting two deer sipping from a barrel that had fallen from the delivery truck, went for $2,860; and an oval Fehrs Malt Tonic tray (Louisville, Ky., circa 1880-1900, 2’ tall), showing winged angels, rose to $1,210.
An advertising clock for Sauers, the American maker of extracts and flavorings, chimed right on time with a winning bid of $1,650. The very rare clock, in fine working order, was made in the late 1800s. Also, a Coca-Cola pocket mirror, dated 1922, found a new owner for $1,100.
Highlights from the July 30 multi-estate sale included:
A Sheraton sideboard (circa 1840), with original brass gallery on back, serpentine front and early dovetail drawers, realized $2,860. And a French provincial country armoire (circa 1820), solid cherry with chevron panels and all pegged construction, commanded $2,300.
Two pieces drew the most attention in the artwork category, and both sold for identical prices of $2,640. One was an original oil-on-canvas by the British painter Percy Belgrave (artist signed and dated, 1893). The other was an oil-on-canvas by the British artist J. Shearer, titled “Fishing Off Liverpool” (artist signed and dated, 1900).
Highlights from the August 6 on-site sale included: