Robots, automotive tin toys and tin motorcycles were just a few of the red-hot highlights in the recent Smith House Auction. Collectors responded strongly to the wide variety of the listings as quite a few of the lots exceeded pre-auction estimates.
A Volkswagen Space Patrol Car realized $6,780. The 13” convertible was driven by an astronaut and featured engine noise, flashing lights, the original antenna and the original box. This is just one of the futuristic toys that brought out collectors from all over the world.
Tin space toys have a strong following among collectors, especially robots. One stand out included a robot known as “The Lavender Robot”. This 15” tall giant is one of the legendary “Gang of Five” from Masudaya in Japan. The lot realized $5,367.
Character toys, motorcycles, tin automobiles and airplanes all figured prominently in the event. The auction closed on November 9. For a complete recap of the event, please visit Smith House online.
The site is always a joy to visit. Smith House provides full color pictures as well as multiple angle shots of the toy listed. This attention to detail really helps the collector, the historian, and the fan.
- VW Space Patrol Car sold for $6, 780
- The 15” tall Lavender Robot, one of the Gang of Five, went for $5,367
- Big Chief Motorcycle brought $4,068
- Measuring 14.5’, this bonnet bus realized $2,486
- Chein Felix the Cat pull toy sold for $1,864
- Boeing 300 Super Fortress realized $2,486
- From Japan, a 14.5” tall Go Round sold for $2,090
- A 16” Atom Car sold for $4,011