Auctions, Tin Toys — September 1, 2010 at 1:00 am

Bertoia September 24-25 Auction of Donald Kaufman Collection 4

Features Final Selection of European Antique Toy Vehicles

VINELAND, N.J. – If there were a World Cup for antique toys, the name engraved on the trophy quite likely would be that of K-B Toys co-founder and toy collector extraordinaire Donald Kaufman. The late Mr. Kaufman’s incomparable array of antique and vintage toys – a blue ribbon panoply of pre- and postwar production – has fascinated and seduced hobbyists the world over since Bertoia Auctions’ 2008 announcement that the collection was to be sold.

With three Kaufman auctions from the ongoing series now completed and the $9.3 million subtotal confirmed as the highest amount ever achieved at auction by a single-owner antique toy collection, it’s time for collectors to assume a “now or never” mindset, said Bertoia Auctions’ owner Jeanne Bertoia. “It’s hard to believe that so much of the collection has been sold, but we’re now in the midst of planning part four of the collection, which will be auctioned ton September 24th and 25th,” Jeanne said. “The two-day session will represent the last of the European autos from Don’s collection – this is it – but I think everyone is going to be very pleased to see that the quality of the European autos in part four is just as strong as in the previous sessions. “We planned it that way.”

Jeanne noted that in spring of 2011 there will be a final, one-day sale to conclude the auction of the Kaufman toys, but that particular session will not include European toy vehicles. Auction company associate Rich Bertoia has been in charge of cataloging the Kaufman sale since the beginning. He said he views each of the past three sessions as having been like a five-star stand-alone event. “In each of the previous sessions, the toys offered could very well have been regarded as an extraordinary single collection in and of themselves, so to have four such sales gives this collection legendary status.”

European transportation toys in Part IV include many rarities – French and German limousines and open tourers, fire pumpers, livery vans, airplanes and racers, with several coveted examples by Marklin. Additionally, the section includes early, large-scale French autos described by Rich as “very difficult to find for sale anywhere.”

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