Auctions, Boats — February 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

Bertoia’s $1.6M Dick Claus Nautical Collection Part II

VINELAND, NJ — Battleships and oceanliners lined up alongside paddle wheelers and submarines to form a mighty flotilla at Bertoia Auctions’ Nov. 10 sale of the Dick Claus collection, part II. The second and final offering of spectacular antique toy boats, naval figures and trolleys drew keen international interest and above-estimate prices, with the day’s total registering $1.6 million (inclusive of 15% buyer’s premium).

“Many pieces in the sale surpassed their high estimates, including the top five lots. The Marklin Paddle Wheeler ‘Chicago’ sold for $264,500 against an estimate of $200,000 to $250,000,” said Jeanne Bertoia.

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