Auctions, Mechanical Toys — November 1, 2016 at 10:35 am

“La Boutique Fantasque” Auction Team Breker • November 5, 2016


THE DISCOVERY OF A previously unknown model is always cause for excitement. In 1989 a Kämmer & Reinhardt 105 art character doll made headlines when it sold at Sotheby’s New Bond St. for a new record price of £ 90,200. Not only was the sum astonishing for a toy (albeit a very rare antique one), but the doll was not, according to the English daily press, conventionally attractive. Five years later Sotheby’s sold a unique Kämmer & Reinhardt 108 character doll for £188,500.

Time passes and interest in collecting changes. Some areas experience an upsurge, others a downturn. It is interesting to note that the same doll broke the world record price a second time when it brought £ 242,500 (almost $315,000) at Bonhams in September 2014.

On 5 November 2016 Auction Team Breker of Cologne, Germany, will be offering an exceptional discovery in the field of musical automata.

Read the complete article in the November 2016 issue of Antique Toy World Magazine. Click here to subscribe now!