Milestone Auctions


38198 Willoughby Parkway, Willoughby, Ohio 44094
440-527-8060

About Auction House

Milestone Auctions, located in Willoughby, Ohio strives to offer successful auctions for both buyers and sellers. When selling we will give your collection the time and dedication it deserves to maximize your return. Experts will take the time to catalog and photograph your items. Then your items will be offered at our live auction and on internet bidding platforms for the world to bid on. For buyers we strive to offer several bidding options to make bidding an easy and pleasant experience. Our dedicated staff is available any time to discuss any items in further detail you may have interest i...Read More
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  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Milestone’s Winter Toy Extravaganza closes the books at $750K, with rare Diamond Planet Robot in the lead

    Fueled by international interest, many postwar Japanese toys landed above-estimate prices, as did classic American Marx toys WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Nearly 880 lots of high-quality antique and vintage toys crossed the auction block at Milestone’s December 10 Winter Toy Extravaganza, chalking up $750,000 and making many collectors’ Christmas dreams come true. Fueled by strong international interest, four dozen robots and space toys easily achieved liftoff, with an extremely rare color variation of a Yonezawa (Japan) tin windup Diamond Planet Robot leading the group. At 10 inches high, Diamond Planet is the largest of all windup robots produced during the golden era of postwar Japanese toymaking. The 100% original robot with a blue body and red arms was offered together with a high-quality repro box and sold within estimate for $33,210. Original Yonezawa (Japan) 10in tin windup Diamond Planet Robot, rare variation with blue body and red arms, 100% original, with high-quality repro box. Sold within estimate for $33,210 From the legendary Masudaya (Japan) Gang of Five series, a 15-inch-tall battery-operated Target Robot presented in all-original condition, complete with its correct dart gun with dart. In excellent condition with glossy, colorful lithography and a super-clean battery box, it grazed its high estimate with a winning bid of $14,400.  Japanese toys had a great day overall. One of the most asked-about lots was the very rare Miura tin friction fire truck in bright primary colors with Gigantor Tetsujin graphics on the vehicle’s sides, hood and ladder. “It was an extremely nice example of a superhero toy that’s all but impossible to find. We knew it would fly,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King. In fact, the 7½-inch-long truck with firemen figures nearly tripled its high estimate with a selling price of $11,377. Marx toys found favor with bidders, as well. A postwar classic with lithography second to none, a battery-operated Hootin Hollow Haunted House was not only in pristine condition, it also had all its original working parts and functioned perfectly. When activated, its actions include surprise appearances by a skeleton, vampire, black cat and ghost; and its sounds include a howling…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone beats Santa to the punch with a Dec. 10 Winter Toy Extravaganza of the ‘rarest, finest toys’ the Cleveland auction house has ever offered

    Featured: Rare-color Diamond Planet Robot, carded 1978 Star Wars vinyl-cape Jawa action figure AFA-graded 80+ NM, boxed Mickey Mouse Organ Grinder, boxed Lehmann Snick-Snack WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Every antique toy collector dreams of finding something rare and exotic under the Christmas tree, and sometimes those dreams come true. But there is an alternative that offers much better odds. Those who don’t want to risk receiving a clip-on tie or box of stale chocolates can find and bid on hundreds of rare and beautiful toys in Milestone Auctions’ December 10 Winter Toy Extravaganza. The suburban Cleveland company may be known for selling every type of high-end collectible from antique firearms to vintage petroliana, but toys are special to the Milestone crew. It’s one of the categories upon which their brand was founded, and its following amongst collectors is rock solid. 1978 Kenner Star Wars Jawa vinyl-cape action figure, beautiful condition, on crisp 12 Back-A card with clear bubble. AFA graded 80+ Near Mint. Among the most desirable of Kenner Star Wars figures. Estimate $40,000-$50,000 “Because we’ve been involved with antique toys for so long, we understand what collectors want. We travel constantly, visiting collections and estates, attending shows, and following up on leads in person. We leave no stone unturned,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King. “We’re especially excited about the December 10th sale because it contains some of the rarest and finest toys we’ve ever handled. Some come with their extremely scarce original boxes, and many are fresh to the market.” Robots and space toys have always found the atmosphere welcoming at Milestone’s events, and expectations are high for the approximately four dozen extraterrestrial entries in the December 10 sale. Highlights start with an original Yonezawa (Japan) tin windup Diamond Planet Robot displaying a rare blue body with red arms color scheme. It is one of the most elusive of all post-WWII robots, and few have ever appeared at auction.  “The 10-inch-high Diamond Planet is actually the largest windup robot ever produced. It has a great look with its prominent googly eyes, detailed chest gauges and sparks that are visible…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Mark Smith automobilia collection kept bidders engaged at Milestone’s $600K auction

    Select additions to sale included luxurious 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe, which glided to $140,400 WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – The multifaceted collection of the late Mark Smith was the cornerstone of an exciting $613,000 event held at Milestone Auctions’ suburban Cleveland gallery on October 15th. Smith, a Virginia businessman, was a passionate and very hands-on collector of automotive advertising and memorabilia, a reflection of his involvement in the car industry. But there was much more to Smith’s collecting interests than just motoring, said Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. Very rare 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe with rumble seat. Complete with V12 473-cubic-inch 175hp engine and original 3-speed transmission. Excellent condition, odometer showing 64,033 actual miles. Accompanied by large assortment of extra parts. Sold for $140,400 against an estimate of $120,000-$150,000 “Approximately 500 lots in the 740-lot auction came from Mark’s collection, and the variety showed very clearly that he didn’t place any restrictions on what he bought. He had a great eye and excellent instincts. If something appealed to him, he bought it. He was also very shrewd about buying up rare car and motorcycle parts, which only grew in value over the years. In the run-up to the sale, our phones rang constantly with inquiries about those parts.” The categories offered on auction day – which included additional select consignments – included jukeboxes and coin-op machines, salesman’s samples, pottery and stoneware; art glass lamps, Coca-Cola trays and signs; coins and currency; movie posters, shaving mugs, figural match holders and many other specialties.  Sleek classic cars grabbed their share of attention at the well-attended preview. A 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe with classic Art Deco styling was complete with a V12 473-cubic-inch 175hp engine and original 3-speed transmission. It boasted a clean, straight, Dietrich-style body and a kicky rumble seat. The 86-year-old luxury ride had obviously been pampered, as its odometer reading was only 64,033 miles. Prior to the auction, King remarked that the engine purred so smoothly, it could barely be heard. It was no surprise that the head-turning beauty, accompanied by an extensive assortment of extra parts, commanded a within-estimate winning…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Milestone’s toy auction featuring Mark Smith collection draws international interest, tops $500K

    Pedal cars took the lead, with an American National Deluxe Coupe with luxury appointments cruising to $66,000 WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Milestone Auctions gave collectors what they wanted on September 24th, rolling out a diverse offering of antique and vintage toys from the Mark Smith collection along with high-quality additions from several other consignors. The 755-lot sale was active from start to finish, with many international bidders taking part. After a long but rewarding day at the podium, auctioneer and company co-founder Miles King closed the books at $505,200 (inclusive of buyer’s premium). American National Deluxe Coupe pedal car, luxury version with opening doors, sliding windows, interior upholstery and curtains. Length: 68 inches. Sold for $66,000 against an estimate of $20,000-$40,000 Variety was the watchword for this auction, which ran the gamut of today’s most popular toy categories, including motorcycles, racers, American cast-iron, tin and pressed-steel vehicles; German and Japanese postwar battery-ops, gas-powered tether cars, and more. Many elusive examples were in the mix, and a healthy percentage came with their desirable original boxes.  Rare pedal cars from the early days of motoring dominated the day, with a swanky American National Deluxe Coupe pedal car in the lead. Boasting every possible luxury option, including opening doors, sliding windows, a dashboard with simulated gauges, and interior upholstery and curtains, the 68-inch car was presented with a $20,000-$40,000 estimate. Well aware of its rarity, collectors pushed it to a final price of $66,000. Another scarce production was the early, all-original Gendron chain-drive Packard pedal car with a steel body and wood radiator, tires and frame. Its paint was 100% original, and it was so complete, it even retained its Gendron Wheel Co factory decal. Against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000, it glided to a stop at $24,000. Big boys love their Buddy ‘L’s. With their hefty pressed-steel construction and authentic look, they’re classic automotive toys and never have a problem finding a new owner. A scarce Buddy ‘L’ 1-ton Express Truck with original black paint, red spoked wheels and factory decals came to the podium with expectations of landing in the $1,000-$1,500 range.…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone to host diverse Oct. 15 auction of classic cars and rare parts, automotive and Coca-Cola advertising, coin-ops, antiques, decorative art and collectibles

    740-lot sale features the many fascinating collections of late Virginia businessman Mark Smith WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – When the doors open to Milestone’s auction gallery on Saturday, October 15th, an energized – and eclectic – group of bidders is expected to rush in, grab a coffee and take a last-minute look at the merchandise they hope to bring home.  There will be those who collect automotive advertising and memorabilia, perhaps to display in a man cave. Classic car collectors are expected to turn out for 20th-century motoring gems like a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine, a 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe, or a showy 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Convertible. Hunter-gatherers in search of elusive car parts, hood ornaments and radiator badges will be there, as will buyers of jukeboxes and coin-op machines; salesmen’s samples, pottery and stoneware, and art glass lamps. Additional categories of interest include figural match holders, Coca-Cola trays and signage; coins and currency; movie posters, shaving mugs and more.  Approximately 500 lots in the sale come from the holdings of the late Mark Smith. Literally dozens of collecting categories are represented.  As Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King explained, Mark Smith was no ordinary collector. “He liked and collected all sorts of things. He was in the car industry in Virginia, so it was natural for him to collect automobilia and racing mementos. Also, over the years he built up a huge inventory of rare car and motorcycle parts, which are like gold to motoring enthusiasts. People from all over the country have been calling about those parts, many of which have not been manufactured for decades and are very hard to find.” Joining the Smith collection at auction are several choice classic cars, including a sleek 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe that exudes Jazz Age swagger and Art Deco style. Complete with a V12 473-cubic-inch 175hp engine and original 3-speed transmission, it has a clean, straight, Dietrich-style body and a kicky rumble seat. “It’s in excellent condition and runs so smoothly, you can hardly hear the engine when it’s running,” King said. Very rare 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe with rumble seat.…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Antique toys are on a roll at Milestone Auctions, with a fresh offering ready to impress on Sept. 24

    Mark Smith collection of rare automotive and other vintage toys is joined by select additional consignments WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – If anyone wondered whether new collectors were still entering the antique toy hobby or not, they got their answer last spring when Milestone Auctions closed the books on their headline-making Antique Toy Spectacular. Toy fans worldwide are still buzzing about the Popeye and Olive Oyl Tank that brought a record $105,000 at that sale. On September 24, Milestone will roll out a fresh offering of outstanding vintage toys from the Mark Smith Collection, with high-quality additions from other consignors. Bandai tin battery-operated Ferrari gear-shift car, 10½in long, all original and in working order with original pictorial box. Excellent condition. Estimate $200-$400 The 755-lot auction includes virtually all of the most desired categories, including: motorcycles, racers, Japanese tin friction sports cars, American cast-iron, tin and pressed-steel vehicles (including early Buddy ‘L’ and Keystone productions); German and Japanese postwar battery-op cars, construction, military and character toys; antique and vintage bicycles; and antique pedal cars. Many of the toys retain their crisp and colorful original boxes. The sale also features an impressive lineup of gas-powered tether racers, cast-iron mechanical banks, trains, a large fleet of boats (many boxed), several steam engines, Britains soldiers, and for robot fans, a coveted Marx Big Loo. “If there’s one term that appears consistently in the catalog descriptions, it’s ‘all original,’” said Milestone co-owner Miles King. “And that applies to even the earliest of items, like the pedal cars and bicycles. I think collectors are going to be very pleased.” A multitude of buying opportunities will be available to those who favor Japanese and German vehicular toys of the 1950s and ’60s, with many of the best brands represented, e.g., Bandai, Marusan, Distler and Marklin. Some of the top Japanese examples include a 10½-inch-long Bandai tin battery-operated Ferrari gear-shift car, which is in working order and has its original box; and a sleek, red SSS tin friction Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible, also accompanied by its original pictorial box. Both toys are in fully original condition and carry individual estimates of…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Popeye And Olive Oyl Tank rolls to world-record $105K at Milestone Auctions’ April 9 Antique Toy Spectacular

    Winning bidder, who owned the tank previously but sold it 20 years ago, says it will be displayed at a new private toy museum in Florida WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Popeye toys haven’t seen an appreciable downturn in the collector marketplace at any point in the past 25 years. In keeping with that trend, vintage toys depicting the punchy sailor were “strong to the finich” at Milestone Auctions’ April 9 Antique Toy Spectacular, which grossed $650,000. Powering its way to the top of prices realized, a Linemar Popeye And Olive Oyl Tank with its original pictorial box sold for an astonishing $105,000, a new world auction record for a Popeye toy. Linemar Japan battery-operated Popeye and Olive Oyl Tank, 11 inches, with extremely rare original box. Very clean and bright, by far the finest example known. Excellent/Near Mint. Sold for a world record auction price of $105,000 against its pre-sale estimate of $30,000-$40,000 “Everyone, young or old, can relate to Popeye,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Miles King. “Since first appearing in a 1929 comic strip, Popeye has amused and entertained audiences in a way that sets him apart from other comic or cartoon characters. He’s an eccentric guy who seems to wander naively into one misadventure after another, always getting out of a scrape at the last minute thanks to a can of spinach. Many of his exploits have translated to toys over the years, and collectors want them all.” One of those collectors is Floridian Ozzie Bilotta, who bid aggressively to claim the Popeye tank which, ironically, he had owned once before. “I originally bought it in the early 2000s from an Australian seller on eBay,” Bilotta said. “I don’t think they knew much about what they had, because their description wasn’t very specific. The bidding opened at only a few hundred dollars, but I wasn’t the only one after it. I recall having to pay $14,000 or $15,000 for it. At the time, that was a record-setting price for a Popeye toy.” A few years later, when Bilotta’s collecting focus shifted to robots and space toys, he sold the…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Energized bidders aimed high at Milestone’s $2.5M Premier Collectible Firearms Auction

    Rare WWII Singer ‘educational’ pistol, fine 1865 Civil Martial Henry rifle topped prices realized WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On March 12-13, 2022, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland held its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale, a well-received outgrowth of its single-day firearms events, which have proved consistently popular. The March sale featured a curated selection of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. The opening session, which was geared toward higher-end firearms, produced the majority of the top 10 prices realized, while day two was well received for its diverse array of military, civilian and sporting arms with estimates to please most collectors. The sale cashed out at $2.5 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Circa-1860 gold-inlaid, bone-handled ‘knuckle duster,’ 1 7/8in caliber 7mm pinfire, six-shot barrel cluster, folding trigger and double-action operation. Housed in French fitted pipe case. Sold for $9,900 against an estimate of $2,500-$3,500 “Collecting vintage firearms is one of America’s most popular hobbies. It attracts a wide cross-section of buyers whose common bond is that they love the history and ingenuity of firearms design,” said Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. “Along with the top-tier guns in our March auction, which we knew would bring high prices, we made sure to include a plentiful selection of firearms that we felt any collector – including those at the novice or intermediate level – would be proud to own and be able to afford.”  Leading the antique firearms at Milestone’s March event was a fine 1865 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle manufactured in .44 rimfire caliber – the model many scholars consider to be the most advanced US-issue shoulder arm of the Civil War. With a large two-line barrel address and the serial number “9718,” Milestone’s example is the same type of gun listed in the Springfield Research database with a notation that it went to a trooper in Union Company B, 3rd Veteran Volunteers. It sold above estimate for $48,000. The antique highlights continued with a stunning Winchester .44 rimfire Model 1866 saddle ring carbine in very fine condition with a full magazine and two barrel bands. The trusty Model 1866…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone’s April 9 auction rolls out rare automotive and character toys, including finest collection of Popeye toys ever to reach the marketplace

    Considered the ultimate catch in its category, boxed Popeye and Olive Oyl Tank could reach $30,000-$40,000 range WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – That swaggering, wisecracking cartoon sailor Popeye has been depicted on countless toys and memorabilia since first appearing in the Thimble Theatre comic strip in 1929. With his spinach-powered superhuman strength, he was an immediate hit with readers of all ages, gaining an even higher level of visibility in his own cartoon series that launched in 1933. Ever since his debut, Popeye – with his girlfriend Olive Oyl and their motley crew of sidekicks in tow – has been an entertaining figure in the public’s consciousness, and vintage toys designed with Popeye’s image have only continued to rise in popularity and price. Linemar Japan battery-operated Popeye and Olive Oyl Tank, 11 inches, with extremely rare original box. Very clean and bright, by far the finest example known. Excellent/Near Mint. Estimate $30,000-$40,000 On Saturday, April 9, Milestone Auctions of Willoughby (suburban Cleveland), Ohio, will offer one of the finest selections of Popeye toys ever to reach the marketplace, led by the greatest rarity of them all: a Popeye And Olive Oyl Tank with its original pictorial box.  “Every major collector of Popeye toys – and just about every collector of comic character toys, in general – wants that tank,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner, Miles King. “The minute word got out about it, the phones started ringing and collectors started searching for it in the online catalog.” Made by Linemar (Japanese post-WWII subsidiary of Louis Marx & Co), the 11-inch-long battery-operated Popeye And Olive Oyl Tank is in excellent to near-mint condition and is easily the nicest of few known examples. It is all original and complete, even retaining Popeye’s pipe and the red plastic caps that hold his legs to the tank. When activated, Olive Oyl’s head emerges from the cupola with a surprised expression on her face, as Popeye flips the tank over. The toy’s battery box is immaculate, and when tested, the tank worked well. The piece de resistance, however, is the crisp, profusely illustrated original box that accompanies the…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone to host its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms Auction, March 12-13

    Featured: 60 Winchesters, 80+ sought-after Colts, 16 Brownings, 30+ Smith & Wesson pistols and revolvers; exceptional array of militaria, and coveted 1865 Martial Henry rifle WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of March 12-13, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland will conduct its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale. The expanded format answers the call from an ever-growing contingent of collectors who enjoy the historical and design aspects of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. Day one focuses on higher-end firearms, while day two features a diverse selection of arms that are affordable to most. Engraved pre-WWII .38 Special ‘Detective’ with accompanying factory letter stating the arm was sent to the famous Fort Worth, Texas dealership Wolf & Klar on August 7, 1936. Highest-quality decoration includes genuine ruby eyes embedded into the steer head that features prominently on the pearl grips. Estimate $5,500-$8,500 “It’s our goal to allow collectors at all levels to participate in our sales by including all genres and price points,” said Milestone Auctions’ co-owner Miles King. “We try to keep it interesting for everybody, whether they’re advanced collectors of elite guns or beginners who are just starting a collection and want to do it the right way. They can learn a lot just by reading our catalog descriptions, which are second to none, and by getting to know our team. We’re always happy to share our knowledge with newcomers and make them feel welcome in the hobby.” In preparation for their first two-day Premier Firearms sale, additional custom gun racks are being installed in the gallery’s public display area. A survey of the 1,374-lot Premier Firearms lineup reveals the best selection of Winchesters (60) ever to cross the auction block at Milestone, including carbines, rifles and shotguns; 80+ sought-after Colts (some engraved), 16 Brownings, 30+ Smith & Wesson pistols and revolvers; an exceptional array of militaria, and the jewel in the auction’s crown: an 1865 Martial Henry rifle – the first such longarm ever to be offered by the Ohio auction house.  An especially fine example, the 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle, manufactured in .44 rimfire caliber, represents…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Milestone’s Auctions’ Winter Antique Toy Spectacular settles just under $500K, with hot competition for Marx prototypes

    Enthusiastic response to company’s first major offering of cast-iron toys, with a promise of more to come in April WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – There’s no great mystery as to why vintage toys are so popular with collectors. They’re colorful, they’re fun, and they invariably prompt the comment so familiar to auctioneers and toy dealers: “Wow! I had one of those when I was a kid!” One of Milestone Auctions’ specialties is antique and vintage toys, and the nostalgia factor that drives today’s prices for clean, crisp vintage toys is something they witness at each of their sales, including their January 29 Winter Antique Toy Spectacular that took in just under half a million dollars. Business partners Miles King and Chris Sammet were elated with the excellent auction results in virtually all toy categories. “There was strong competition for the rare Marx prototypes, which were very high-condition pieces, and a lot of bidder interest in our first major offering of cast-iron toys. We’re going to make sure there’s more high-quality cast iron in our April toy sale,” King said.  The top lot of the sale was a Marx prototype Speedboy 4 motorcycle with a soldier driver, ‘AMMO’ box, and spring-loaded cannon for shooting projectiles. Sold for $16,800 against an estimate of $6,000-$9,000 The demand for toy motorcycles has been off the charts for Milestone, and the rare, early examples offered on January 29th only added fuel to the ever-growing fire. The top lot of both the motorcycle section and the sale overall was a Marx protoype Speedboy 4 with a soldier driver and rear accoutrements, including a branded “AMMO” box and a movable spring-loaded cannon for shooting projectiles. In near-perfect condition, it raced off to a new owner for $16,800 against an estimate of $6,000-$9,000.  Many of the 130 bikes that crossed the auction block came with their original factory boxes, like the Marx windup Indian motorcycle with sidecar in all-original, like-new condition with bright, attractive paint colors. Its crisp original box with art depicting an early Indian bike whizzing along with a passenger in tow made it super appealing to collectors.…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone’s Jan. 29 Winter Antique Toy Spectacular unleashes high-condition antique and vintage vehicles, banks, early European toys, and comic character favorites

    Nearly 130 coveted toy motorcycles are lined up for the sale, including rare prototypes WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Antique and vintage toys played a major role in Milestone Auctions’ success in 2021. Their October 2nd toy event rocketed to $768,000, a house record for the suburban Cleveland, Ohio, company. Milestone is on track to keep that positive momentum going in 2022 with an 867-lot Winter Antique Toy Spectacular on January 29. Marx prototype Red Cross windup motorcycle, 10½ in long, with hand-painted details. Marked on bottom to indicate its origin as being Marx’s Erie, Pa., factory. Estimate $6,000-$8,000 The motor pool will be ready to spring into action when the sale commences at 10 a.m., with top-notch examples of American, European and Japanese cars, racers, trucks, vans, buses, fire toys and work vehicles awaiting their new owners.  The demand for toy motorcycles has been insatiable, and strong prices continue to be paid for rare, early examples in superior condition. The January event includes nearly 130 tempting bikes, including many that have their original factory boxes. Leading the pack is a Marx windup Indian motorcycle with sidecar. All original and in like-new condition with bright, appealing colors, it retains its crisp original box with the image of an early Indian bike whizzing along with a passenger in tow. It is said that the toy being auctioned by Milestone was discovered in a collection of parts and accessories at an old Indian motorcycle dealership [the Indian company ceased operations in 2003]. The toy is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Coincidentally, in the same auction Milestone is offering not only Marx’s prototype of the Indian sidecar bike – Lot 349, estimate $4,000-$6,000 – but also an example of the German-made Greppert & Kelch (G&K) toy that Marx copied to develop their own branded version. The G&K toy is listed as Lot 350 and is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.  Yet another important Marx prototype is a windup Red Cross motorcycle with a rider and Red Cross-branded box on the back. It has hand-painted details, as one might expect of a prototype, and is poised to sell for $6,000-$8,000.…

  • Auction Industry
    10 Spooky Lots Coming to Auction This Halloween

    Halloween celebrates all things ghoulish, spooky, and odd, and auction houses are joining the fun. Auction Daily surveys the spookiest lots hitting the auction block this Halloween season. Andy Warhol, Little Electric Chair, 1964-65. Image from Larsen Art Auction. Larsen Art Auction - Andy Warhol Print For his Death and Disaster series, Andy Warhol placed horrific and tragic photos under candied Pop Art colors. In Little Electric Chair, Warhol utilized a press photo of the electric chair used to execute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in the Sing Sing prison of New York. He applied a layer of cherry red to the photo, lending a bloody tone to the already ominous image. One print of Little Electric Chair made its way to American rocker Alice Cooper. His girlfriend at the time, Cindy Lang, purchased the print from Andy Warhol’s Factory as a gift for Cooper after he used a similar electric chair onstage. Larsen Art Auction will bring this silkscreen to auction with an estimate of USD 2,500,000 to $4,500,000. The 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction starts on October 23rd, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT. Participate live on Bidsquare. Ed Moses, Untitled Tarantulas, 1983. Image from Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Los Angeles Modern Auctions - Ed Moses Tarantulas Ed Moses built a career on experimentation and change. His style constantly shifted as he drew inspiration from his Los Angeles art community and various art movements. While Moses is best known for his paintings, he dabbled in other mediums as well. Available with Los Angeles Modern Auctions is a spooky painted glass window by Ed Moses (estimate: $5,000 - $7,000). Yellow and green tarantulas scuttle across the black background of this piece. It previously decorated Rebecca’s Restaurant, a Frank Gehry-designed mainstay of Venice, California. The Art + Design sale from Los Angeles Modern Auctions starts on October 24th, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT. Bid live on LiveAuctioneers. Vivian Maier, Self-Portrait, Silhouette. Image from Aguttes. Aguttes - Vivian Maier Self-Portrait American street photographer Vivian Maier lived and died in obscurity. She worked as a nanny along Chicago’s North Shore and captured the city…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Milestone’s highest-grossing antique toy auction to date tallies $768K, with robust prices paid for both American and European productions

    Intense competition pushed Marx prototype motorcycles to top of prices realized WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Antique toy enthusiasts love nothing more than to discover the earliest iterations of whatever specialty they collect, and on October 2nd at Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland it was both Marx and motorcycle fans who hit the jackpot. The 704-lot auction, which was almost exclusively devoted to a single-owner collection, featured 138 super-clean bikes, including two American Marx prototypes that tied for top-lot honors at $22,800 apiece. Each had been estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Louis Marx & Co. (USA), prototype tin windup Speedboy 4 military motorcycle with spring-loaded military cannon and ammo box on back. Hand-painted details to soldier and cannon. Tied as top lot of the sale, selling for $22,800 against an estimate of $6,000-$8,000 A throng of determined bidders competed from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, pushing the sale total to $768,000. It was the highest-grossing toy auction in Milestone’s history.  “There was huge interest in many categories, but most especially the motorcycles, which represented scores of manufacturers from Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy, Russia and the USA. Absentee and opening bids were insane, right off the bat,” said Milestone Auctions co-owner Chris Sammet. “The Marx prototype bikes were Speedboy 4 military-themed windups, finished in the distinctive colors of early Marx toys and with hand-painted details. One had a rear-mounted cannon and the other had a camouflage-patterned box on the back. We started getting calls about them a good month before the sale. There was no doubt they were going to fly.” The high quality of post-WWII Japanese motorcycles was evident in the sharp-looking 12-inch-long friction-powered motorcycle known as “Romance.” Lithographed in a rainbow of pleasing colors with an image of the planet Saturn on the gas tank, the bike is operated by a helmeted and goggled male driver, with a female passenger also along for the ride. In working order and all original, it sold for $5,640 against an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. Perhaps the “sleeper” of the section was a much smaller Japanese tin friction production identified on its box label as “Hunter-Motor…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Milestone’s Oct. 23 Premier Antique & Modern Firearms Auction loaded with fresh-to-market one-off productions

    Featured: Untouched Civil War-era Winchester Henry rifle, one of only 75 Rutledge-bore Winchester Model 61s, WWII Allied & Axis handguns, many other blue-chip arms WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – A choice selection of recently discovered firearms that have never before appeared at auction will headline Milestone’s October 23, 2021 Premier Antique & Modern Firearms sale. After months of traveling extensively and visiting private collections, Milestone’s firearms team has secured a number of top prizes, including guns that were produced in very low numbers or for a specific agency, arms with a low survival rate, and early examples that display historically significant design innovations. The live auction will take place at Milestone’s comfortable, purpose-built auction gallery in suburban Cleveland, with all remote forms of bidding available, including live online through multiple platforms.  Colt ‘Python Hunter’ .357 Magnum with 8-inch caliber, manufactured in 1980 with factory-mounted special Leupold M8 4-power scope. Housed in Halliburton aluminum carry case with ammo box, matching tool set, cleaning rod and instruction manual. Estimate $5,000-$7,500 More than 420 high-quality lots from the most popular firearms-collecting categories will be offered, with a timeline that runs from the 18th century through Vietnam. “There are some very rare and unusual entries in this sale,” said Milestone Auctions firearms specialist Tony Wilcox. “At the preview, collectors are going to enjoy examining the fine points of each gun, but if they’re not able to attend in person, they’ll find that the catalog descriptions are very well detailed. We try to put ourselves in the bidder’s shoes and provide the type of information we think they would want to know.”  At the pinnacle of the antique firearms section is an iconic New Haven Arms Model 1860 brass-framed Henry rifle, .44 Henry caliber with a 24¼-in barrel length, that was manufactured in 1863. A wonderful example of the reliable, high-capacity lever-action rifle that was immediately pressed into service during the Civil War and later used during the westward migration, it is untouched, has never been cleaned, and comes from a long-established collection in northern Colorado. The auction estimate is $20,000-$30,000.  A truly historical 19th-century highlight is…