FOLLOWING THEIR VERY successful sale of tin toy motorcycles in November 2013, Auction Team Breker of Cologne, Germany, will be offering another seventy cycles from a private collection at their next auction on 15 November 2014.
The earliest in the auction is not a motorcycle as such, although it is driven by a clockwork motor. The child’s velocipede was patented in America by Jesse and Charles M. Crandall in 1868 with instant popularity, leading to a race to produce the first toy velocipede the following year. Steven and Brown’s “Champion Velocipede” (1) was patented in February 1870 and offered for sale by Althof Bergman and others in several versions – including the rare black boy offered here (estimate: US$ 800–1,200 / Euro 600-900).
The earliest motorcycles in the auction date from some forty years later and were produced in the historic toy-making city of Nuremberg. Representing single riders on angular light-weight machines, one features a figure in livery by Johann Distler (2) (estimate: US$ 1,600-2,300 / Euro 1.200-1.800) the other, by Wilhelm Kraus (3), a sporting gentleman in cap and plus-fours (estimate: US$ 9,000-13,000 / Euro 7.000-10.000).