Auctions, Cast Iron, Tin Toys — April 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

Julia’s Spring Toy & Doll Auction May 4-5

FAIRFIELD, MAINE, MAY 4-5, 2011. There’s something comforting about the familiar. But in the auction world, the opposite holds true. Collectors prefer a fresh to the market selection of goods over merchandise that has been seen, bought and sold by everyone under the sun. Renowned for assembling vibrant, quality sales in a variety of categories, James D. Julia Auctioneers is about to stage another auction extravaganza for a highly developed buying public.

The forthcoming auction will present an outstanding array of quality antiques, rare heirlooms and treasures from some of the finest collections and private homes in the country, much of it to be sold unreserved.

Pickers are the lifeblood of many auction houses because they’re out in the field every day, finding objects that may not have seen the light of day otherwise. On occasion they will find a house that is a virtual goldmine, uncovering long forgotten treasures that help add spice and freshness to an auction. One such recent discovery in America’s heartland yielded a fantastic selection of rare toys that had been unknown to the collecting world until now.

Included will be one of the finest condition, all-original Carpenter Burning Buildings known to exist. The wooden building with its cast iron façade depicts a brownstone townhouse engulfed in flames. With the pull of a string, the brave fireman ascends the ladder to the balcony, bringing the distressed damsel down to safety. This somewhat scarcer version features the open storage door on the side. A rare toy in its own right, its untouched finish in remarkable shape is unheard of. It comes with an estimate of $25,000-35,000.

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