DENVER, Pa. – One of the greatest assemblages of robots and space toys ever amassed – the Enzo Pertoldi collection – will be the featured highlight of Morphy’s Sept. 6-7 Antique Toy Auction. Built over a 35-year period, the Pertoldi collection is legendary within the robot-collecting community. Although few collectors have seen it, those who have had that privilege come away from it saying the same thing: from beginning to end, it’s exceptional.
Robot and space toy specialist Mark Bergin, who has been grading and cataloging the Pertoldi collection for Morphy’s, described Enzo as “a very thorough collector who bought everything in the space-toy realm – robots, vehicles, space guns – but always very high-end examples. He also went after rare variations and has many in his collection that just don’t turn up anywhere at any price.” Bergin said he rates the collection “upwards of a 10 for rarity and quality.”
The collection consists mainly of tin toys – mechanicals, battery ops, some friction – as well as a few plastic pieces. Most are from the 1950s and ’60s, the golden era of space-toy production. In terms of provenance, it doesn’t get any better.