News-Antique.com - Jul 17,2009 - (Carversville, PA) Noel Barrett Antiques and Auctions generated considerable interest with its first sale on Artfact Live! on June 19-20, 2009. Included in the “Toys of Summer” sale were clockwork toys from the European Tin Toy Collection of George Seidman, optical toys from the Collection of Larry Seidman, Marklin boats and toy soldiers from the Estate of Henry Sigourney as well as The European Train Collection of Peter & Marcia Miller.
Among the top lots was a Marklin 1st Series Battleship Baltimore. Founded in 1859, Marklin originally specialized in tinplate dollhouse accessories, eventually moving toward ship and model train production in the 1920’s. With that move came what toy historian Gustav Reder has called the "Märklin Awakening"— a conscious move toward producing more accurate, true-to-life models. This movement is clearly evident in the Baltimore’s hand enameled tinplate and thirteen original brass cannons. Selling to an Artfact Live! bidder for $43,125 (including buyers premium), the Baltimore achieved the second highest price result on record for a Marklin ship at auction— the top spot belonging to another Barrett lot; a Marklin Iowa Battleship that sold for $46,000 (including buyers premium) in the same sale.
In another record-breaking sale, a Hot Air Powered Praxinoscope by renowned German steam toy builder Ernst Plank sold to an Artfact Live! Bidder for $8,050 (including buyers premium). Invented by Emile Reynaud (French, 1844-1918), the praxinoscope was a precursor to moving pictures. Plank’s version runs on a spirit filled hot air engine that turns a painted tin drum in which animation strips are inserted. A succession of narrow mirrors allows the images to be viewed in succession, creating the illusion of motion. Described as one of the “scarcest pre-cinema toys,” this rare toy achieved the second highest price for a praxinoscope on record and is the top selling example of Plank’s work at auction.
Note: Complete results for “Toys of Summer” available at http://www.artfact.com with free registration.
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