BY HENRY I. KURTZ
OLD TOY SOLDIER AUCTIONS USA held its most successful auction since it began operations six years ago, with a three-day sale in June that registered a sale total of $501,000 (over $600,000 if the 20% buyer’s premium is factored in.)
Company co-founder and director Ray Haradin expressed great satisfaction with the results. “This was not only our best sale to date but one which had tremendous bidder interest and participation.” Haradin further observed that “we always get increased involvement when we can build a sale around a single owner collection.” In this case, it was the collection of the late Paul Germain whose involvement in toy soldiers spanned several decades and included purchases in many of the 128 countries he visited during his lifetime.
Although the Germain collection was the centerpiece of the sale, items from other consignors were included.