AUCTION TEAM BREKER’S Spring sale in Cologne, Germany, showcases a fine selection of antique toys, technology and automata.
On the top-shelf is a rare hand-painted tin station by Märklin with original passengers, signage and fittings from c. 1910 (estimate Euro 8.000 – 10.000 /US $10,000 – 13,000).
A privately consigned collection of automata feature some of the finest figures of the ‘French Golden Age’, including Gustave Vichy’s bewitching “Marchande des Masques” with her original embroidered silk kimono and twirling printed-paper parasol (estimate Euro 42.000 – 48.000 /US$ 55,000 – 62,000).
Another early piece from Maison Vichy is the bust of a black b a n j o – p l a y e r which replicates in animated form the contemporary bronzes of French sculptor Emile Guillemin (estimate Euro 10.000 – 15.000 /US $13,000 – 20,000).
On May 25, 2013 computer collectors will have a second opportunity to bid for one of the five other Apple I computers to have survived in working order. This very complete example, signed by its inventor Steve Wozniak, comes with an original monitor, tape-player, keyboard and documentation with the signature of Steve Jobs (estimate Euro 200.000 – 300.000 /US $250,000 – 400,000).