Noel Barrett Auctions finishes year at $2.3M as November sale exceeds high estimate by $200K Noel Barrett wrapped up a year of estimate-topping auction results with $2.3 million in combined sales from his spring and autumn auction events. His Nov. 15-16 sale grossed a very strong $770,000.
minded collectors. Appearing never to have been fired up, it more than tripled its high estimate to drop anchor at $5,225.
Antique American toys continued their winning streak as a 20-inch painted and stenciled tinplate express wagon by Merriam crossed the auction block. The very same example pictured in Jeffrey Levitt's book The World of Antique Toys, its rear-panel stencil included a patent date of April 29, 1873. It sold for an above-estimate price of $7,150.
The auction opened with a large crowd in attendance. “As bidders made their purchases, the crowd dwindled, but there were many online, absentee and phone bids keeping the momentum going through the sale,” said Barrett.
The year ahead already looks promising for Noel Barrett Auctions. “We have some very nice European toys coming, as well as an outstanding Schoenhut circus collection, and some amazing boats and toy soldiers that came to us through the estate of someone whom I barely knew,” Barrett said. “In his will, he stipulated that he wanted us to auction his toys.”
Noel Barrett remains firm in his commitment to conduct only two well-produced, well-publicized sales per year. “A collection can take a lifetime to collect, but only a day or two to sell,” Barrett said. “When someone entrusts their collection to us, the least we can do is treat it with the respect it deserves by not letting it get lost in the shuffle.”
Noel Barrett Auctions' Spring 2009 sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. For additional details contact Noel Barrett by calling 215-297-5109 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the company's Web site at email@example.com.
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Possibly a unique example, this American-made Merriam 20-inch stenciled and painted-tin express wagon with cast-iron wheels was patented in 1873. It trotted off to a new owner for $7,150.