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American and European trains will participate in the Bertoia auction on April 21 of the Paul Cole…

Brimtoy Mickey Mouse hand car in box with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck figures, and track. Estimate $600 to $1,200
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VINELAND, NJ – Last year, antique toy collectors around the world had two very special opportunities to acquire trains and toys from the late businessman, civic leader and humanitarian’s 50-year collection Paul Cole. Bertoia’s May 21-22 and October 15-16 sessions exclusively featuring Parts I and II of Paul’s collection totaled $4.4 million, with record prices paid for Marklin’s prized productions.

On April 21, Bertoia’s will issue a boarding call to collectors as they auction off the third and final group of exceptional American and European trains from Paul’s legendary possessions. In addition, the sale will include European pewter watch winders, American pewter, cast iron bells, automobiles and horse-drawn toys; and tiny penny toys – all from Paul’s personal collection.

Amassed over a period of over 50 years, Paul’s train collection was known and respected on both sides of the Atlantic. “Paul had a sense of authenticity and quality, and he enjoyed creating realistically accessorized layouts with stations, outbuildings, bridges, signs and figures,” said Michael Bertoia, president of Bertoia Auctions. . “Everything he owned was in great condition, whether it was a hand-painted Marklin advert car like the one we sold in October for over $50,000, or a simple prop. .”

Blue Comet Standard Gauge Lionel Set. Estimate $2,000 to $4,000
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Many Lionel selections will be available during the April 21 session, including a 16-inch twin-engine 408E passenger set, estimated at $800-$1,600; a 13-inch 250E Hiawatha passenger package, $750-$1,500; a 17-inch-long set with a 381E locomotive, $700 to $1,400; a 265E Streamliner passenger set with a 9.5-inch locomotive, $500 to $1,000; and a No. 5 locomotive with Series 10 cars, $500 to $1,000.

An American Carlisle & Finch mining train is expected to fetch between $500 and $1,000. A Metzel American Flyer “Chicago” set carries a similar estimate.

Issmayer (Germany) opposite the roundabout, sample book illustrated in Beter Ottenheimer’s classic reference “Toy Autos 1890-1939”. Estimate $1,000 to $2,000
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A popular comic book character crossover game, Lionel’s Mickey Mouse Circus Train is listed with an estimate of $600 to $1,200. Along the same lines, the collection includes a number of hand wagons and wagons. They include two boxed Wells-o-London 7-inch Mickey Mouse push cars, $600 to $1,200 each; a boxed Lionel Donald Duck #1107 wagon, between $400 and $800; a boxed Marx Popeye handcart, $300 to $600; a boxed Marx Moon Mullins & Kayo handcart, $300 to $600; and a Henry & Henrietta celluloid wagon. Extremely rare and possibly the only surviving example of its type, this toy was once part of the Carl Lobel collection and is up for auction with an estimate of $400-800.

As was the case with Parts I and II, a portion of the proceeds from the final auction in the series will benefit the Paul and Carol Cole Foundation, which aids non-profit organizations in the Coles’ hometown of Bluefield. , West Virginia.

Bertoia Auctions encourages collectors to visit the fully illustrated catalog online to view the many exceptional toys and trains that will be sold in the third and final installment of the Paul Cole Collection on April 21, 2022. All forms of auction will be available, including live via the Internet via Bertoia Live or Liveauctioneers. Live attendance is limited and by reservation only, with masks and social distancing required. Private gallery previews are by appointment only. For more information, to reserve a place in the gallery, or to schedule a collection preview, call 856-692-1881, email [email protected], or visit the website from Bertoia: