The Disneyana and Fine Toy Auction at Bonhams, January 30 in San Francisco, was a great success, taking in $76,231 and selling nearly all of its 149 lots.
The auction, which featured 130 lots of historic Disney toys and memorabilia from a single-owner collection, was led by the $6,875 sale of a Collection of World of Disney Postage Stamps (est. $1,000-$1,500). The post 1970s era collection included 30 binders of first day stamps from various counties, depicting events within Disney and Disney World Space Exploration, Calvary Olympics and Disney Classics Fairy Tales.
Another star lot of the auction was a rare Mickey Mouse Circus Train Set, including a lithographed circus train from the 1930s, made by Lionel for Disney, which sold for $5,250 (est. $4,000-$6,000). The wind-up train featured its original paper cutouts of circus tents and tickets, and was accompanied by its original box.
Disneyana highlights only began there, followed by the excellent sale of a collection of 1930s delicate celluloid figures – one of which featured Mickey riding Pluto, accompanied by its original box, that fetched $3,125 (est. $2,000-$2,500). Also of note was a scarce, 1935 Mickey Mouse Lunch Kit by Handy, depicting Silly Symphonies graphics with early pie-eyed Mickey and characters, that took in $2,000 (est. $1,000-$1,500) and Lithographed Enterprise Seaside Toys, comprised of a Mickey Mouse Treasure Island Pail, water can, washing machine, shovel and sand sifter by Ohio Art, that realized $1,500 (est. $600-$800).
Additional stand-out lots of the auction included a 16", early American, cast iron Harris Two-Horse City Delivery Wagon in burnt orange, trimmed in olive green, gold and black lettering with the private label "Abraham Straus," from 1895, that sold for $4,375 (est. $2,000-$2,500); a German Articulated Lithographed Row Toy from the first part of the 20th century, depicting lithographed crew and clockwork action, that brought $3,125 (est. $500-$750); and a Keystone USA Mail Truck With Separate Box, circa 1925, that achieved $2,750 (est. $1,500-$2,000).
Jim Friedman, the Toys Specialist for Bonhams in San Francisco, said of the sale's results, "There were some bargains for the collector, as well as some record highs. Audience bidding was significant in that every Disney item captured bids that met reserves."
Friedman added he felt the introduction of internet bidding, as well as the usual telephone and absentee bids made the auction successful. "Of significance was the fact that there was an increase in international bidding, with many successful bidders from Germany, England and throughout the United States," he said.
Other top lots included a scarce, boxed, 12" cloth "Cowboy Mickey," accompanied by other 1930s pie-eyed examples that took in $1,500 (est. $500-$700); a selection of Tin Lithographed Toys, comprising 1950s Linemar Whirling Mickey Mouse in its decorative box and Mickey Mouse Airplane in its original box, that sold for $1,375 (est. $500-700); and a 1930s wood radio by Disney and Emerson, featuring carvings of Mickey on both its front and sides that brought $1,063 (est. $1,000-$1,500). The radio is a cross-collectible, of interest to Disney and radio collectors alike.
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