ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – Morphy Auctions has been chosen to auction the vast collection of antique and vintage toys, advertising items and other amusements belonging to Carter’s Toy Museum in Zionsville, Indiana. The Oct. 5-6 auction will be an uncataloged live event produced and conducted by Morphy’s at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Indiana. There will be no provision for phone or Internet bidding.
For six years, Carter’s Toy Museum was a destination attraction in the upscale Indianapolis suburb of Zionsville. Brimming with character toys, pedal cars, pressed-steel vehicles, railroadiana, BB guns and Western toys, the museum reflected the passion and commitment of its owner, Robert Carter, who passed away on Aug. 9, 2011.
Mr. Carter never missed a local auction if it had a toy in it that appealed to him, and he liked his toys in all shapes and sizes. The museum’s collection also includes a 2/3-scale 1940s operating carousel, around 50 completely restored coin-op kiddy rides that children could ride on, a 20 x 20 vintage bumper car track with fully functional vehicles, and even a life-size talking tree. With its beautiful, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, the museum was a popular venue for birthday parties – truly a place where fantasy and fun were the watchwords.
The museum building itself is a historic-looking brick structure that was actually purpose-built by Mr. Carter in 2006. No stone was left unturned in rendering an antique appearance to either its quaint façade or “turn of the century” interior, from the eyebrow windows and walk-out second-floor porch to the stamped-tin ceilings and stained-glass windows. The Carter Building, as it is known, will also be auctioned by Morphy’s during the Oct. 5-6 event.
“Morphy’s is proud to have been chosen to present Carter’s Toy Museum’s collection, and its physical building, at auction,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “This museum was a remarkable tribute to the toy collecting hobby, and we expect a great turnout at the auction.”
Much more information about the Oct. 5-6 auction of Carter’s Toy Museum will be available soon on the Morphy Auctions website.