TIMONIUM, MD – Anyone who has bought or sold black Americana or finer-quality black-theme toys is likely to know Allen Liffman, a trailblazing dealer in African-American antiques. Over the past 30 years, Liffman has also been an active and enthusiastic collector of rare black Americana, and on Saturday, Dec. 1, RSL Auction Company will have the honor of auctioning his lifetime collection. The 630-lot sale will also be highlighted by the mechanical bank collections of two esteemed former members of the MBCA – the late Waldo Hutchins III and the late William H. Labelle Sr.
“We had sold a few of Allen Liffman’s black toys in our July 1st auction,” said RSL partner Ray Haradin. “They did so well that Allen decided to consign his entire collection to our December sale. We’re really happy to be handling it. It’s a great collection.”