Auctions, Tin Toys — February 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

Bertoia’s Nov. 8-10 Auction Realizes $2.75 Million

Marklin Battleship Cincinnati and George Washington ocean liner sail to a top-lot tie at $77,880 each, with Mickey and Minnie motorcycle following at $56K

VINELAND, NJ – “We’re proud of all of our sales, but this one was special,” said Bertoia Auctions owner Jeanne Bertoia, confirming the $2.75 million total for her company’s Nov. 8-10 Christmas Wishes auction. “We had a wonderful turnout, and interest was very strong across the board because of the important collections being auctioned. The top ten included boats, automotive, comic character, a figural doorstop and Christmas antiques. It was truly a sale for every collector.”

The #1 slot was occupied by not one, but two imposing Marklin ships, which tied for top-lot honors at $77,800 apiece. A circa-1912 to 1915 second-series Battleship Cincinnati presented with a full complement of deck appointments, including four stacks, four lifeboats, searchlights, lifeboats and guns. The 34-inch-long vessel had been entered in the sale with a confident $40,000-$60,000 estimate. Its companion at the top of prices realized was a circa-1909 to 1915 Marklin George Washington, a 37-inch-long clockwork 4-stack ocean liner with several observation decks, a multitude of funnels and numerous lifeboats. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20.5 percent buyer’s premium.

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