News-Antique.com - Jan 25,2009 - FREDERICK, Md. – Veteran antique toy dealer and previous auction company co-owner Keith Spurgeon has formed a new auction house venture, Mosby & Co., specializing in antique and vintage toys, and pop culture memorabilia of all types. Based in Frederick, Md., Mosby & Co. Auctions will conduct its first major sale in mid May.
Spurgeon plans to produce two major cataloged auctions per year. All will be absentee-style auctions, with bids accepted exclusively by phone, fax, Internet and mail.
Originally from northern Virginia, Keith Spurgeon has had a 25-year involvement with antique toys, starting as a collector and evolving into a knowledgeable and well-respected dealer. He has been a regular on the antique toy show circuit for 20 years, developing a particular expertise in 1930s Disney and comic character toys.
In 2006, Keith Spurgeon co-founded Old Town Auctions with Matt Protos. The company held several successful live auctions in Maryland.
As for the inspiration behind the name “Mosby & Co.,” it refers to the Senegal parrot named Mosby who accompanies Spurgeon to shows, auctions and other antiques-related events. “Just about everyone who’s involved in antique toys knows Mosby. She’s much better known than I am, so I’m happy to let her take top billing,” Spurgeon quipped.
Mosby & Co.’s debut auction will feature approximately 500 lots of toys – including featured collections of prewar Japanese and penny toys – carousel horses, one of the country’s largest collections of circus sideshow banners, and other select additions. “It’s very gratifying to know that I’ve been entrusted with some truly outstanding collections belonging to customers and friends I’ve come to know over the last two decades as a toy dealer,” said Spurgeon. “They know their consignments will be getting my personal attention, and I think that’s important to people in an era where sales have become so large that even better-quality toys can get lost in the shuffle.”
Images of highlights from the May sale will be available to preview online in February at Mosby & Co.’s Web site, www.mosbyauctions.com. The complete auction catalog will be on the site by late April.
To contact Keith Spurgeon, call 781-771-3998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The company’s address is 905 W. 7th St., #228, Frederick, MD 21701.