VINELAND, NJ – In an auction odyssey that began in March of 2009 with an offering of rare events featuring the antique toy collection of the late Donald Kaufman, cofounder of KB Toys. The four auctions to date have realized $10.9 million in all. The series’ grand total will be known when the checkered flag waves over the weekend of April 15-16, 2011 as Bertoia’s conducts the Donald Kaufman Auction Part V – The Final Lap.
The last offering of toys from the revered Kaufman collection will be auctioned in a 275-lot opening session, followed by a daylong Saturday session containing approximately 650 lots.
“Appropriately, we will start with old store stock of Marx toys, since that’s how the Kaufman toy business began,” said Bertoia’s gallery associate Rich Bertoia. “There are many boxed Marx examples in uncommonly nice condition. Some are rare toys, like the Pike’s Peak Mountain Climber, while others are more common but are never found with their original boxes, such as Marx’s farm and industrial tractors. The boxes that contained Marx farm toys and moving vans were almost always discarded – those toys were bought to be played with.”