Auctions — September 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

Morphy’s May 30-31 Space Toy Auction Results

Space Cycle with original box, Japanese writing, $21,000.
Space Cycle with original box,
Japanese writing, $21,000.

DENVER, PA – Robots and space toys landed at Morphy’s May 30-31 Toy Auction with expectations of dominating prices realized, and they did not disappoint. The prized grouping of 115 extraterrestrials, highlighted by the Robert V. “Bob” Gallegos collection, claimed four positions within the top 10. In all, the 1,843-lot sale totaled $1.62 million. All prices quoted are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

Occupying the coveted number one slot was a rare, boxed Jupiter Robot with original box. As complete as it could possibly be, retaining its original sky blue plastic remote control, the domed space explorer with provenance from the Robert Lesser collection finished near the top of its estimate range at $36,000.

A classic space vehicle that every collector dreams of owning is the 12½-inch tinplate Super Cycle, a depiction of a well detailed, futuristic “flying” motorcycle with dark green rubber driver. The example offered by Morphy’s came complete with its vibrantly colorful original box emblazoned with Japanese writing and a realistic likeness of the toy, aloft and with rear jet blasting. Against an estimate of $1,200-$1,800, it was bid to an astonishing $21,000.

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