Auctions — February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

Antique and Vintage Marbles Reach $144,000 at Morphy’s Specialty Sale

DENVER, PA – MORE THAN 50 enthusiastic in-house bidders and 150 unique online participants took part in Dan Morphy Auctions’ Nov. 6 specialty sale of antique and vintage marbles, and associated ephemera. The 314-lot event grossed $144,000, inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium – a result that CEO Dan Morphy described as “excellent – to my knowledge, the highest gross for a marble sale ever.”

Marble enthusiasts traveled from as far away as Chicago and Indianapolis to attend the fun-filled auction that featured rare handmade, machine-made and transitional marbles from old-time, fresh to the market collections.

Top prices were paid for rare sulphides – clear or colored-glass marbles with a suspended figure of an object, often an animal. A green glass sulphide with a central figure of a beaver surpassed its $4,000-$6,000 estimate to sell for $7,000 (all prices quoted are inclusive of b.p.); while a marble featuring a pair of rabbits seated side by side flew past its $1,200-$1,500 estimate to settle at $4,000.

Dan Morphy had predicted there would be strong competition for the Akro Agate No. 1 boxed set containing 100 tri-color corkscrew marbles, and he was right. A
colorful and complete selection containing marbles with as many as five colors in their combinations, it had been expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000, but demand for the rare set boosted it $7,000.

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