FAIRFIELD, ME — JUNE 22, 2012. Amid the blistering heat of Central Maine in the opening days of summer, things were heating up indoors at Julia’s as well. One could feel the energy of the crowd who assembled to view and bid on a stellar and diverse offering of fine quality antique toys, dolls, and advertising items. The results, which hit just above the million dollar mark were a clear indication that buyer optimism is up, especially for fresh to the market quality goods that are conservatively estimated.
The recent auction boasted an offering that ranged from early American tin horse drawn pieces to American and European clockwork automotive toys, pedal cars, fine French & German dolls, antique advertising, coin-op, salesman samples, music machines, and much more. The diverse array of antique toys was highlighted in part by an exceedingly rare and desirable George Brown horse drawn circus wagon. The polychrome tin cage wagon containing a vicious tiger, pulled by two galloping white horses saw tremendous interest. Recently found in an old estate, it met with strong action between multiple telephone bidders, a floor bidder and the internet. It ultimately went to an internet bidder for an astounding $76,700, well in excess of its $15,000-35,000 estimate.