An Extravaganza of Rare Collectible Cars and Trains Now Open for Bidding on iGavel Auctions

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New Braunfels TX:  A blockbuster online sale consisting of 200 lots, representing over 1,500 collectible toy cars and trains is now open for bidding on www.igavelauctions.com through December 16. Comprised of Japanese, German and other tin toy cars, this unique sale includes the most sought-after collectibles including an assortment of Porsche scale models and kit cars by Schuco, Burago, and other makers; a large selection of collectible toy cars by Hot Wheels and Matchbox; a variety of slot cars, R. C. cars and other toy cars from the mid-to-late 20th century.  

Zillertalbahn Beer/Dining Car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen) (Courtesy of Greg C. Brown Associates)
Zillertalbahn Beer/Dining Car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen) (Courtesy of Greg C. Brown Associates)

Says Lark Mason, “This is a rare opportunity for toy car and train aficionados to bid on some very desirable collectibles at very low estimates.”

Among the highlights are a Jeff Gamble, Spyder Spin, Sculpture on Marble Stand (Estimate: $1,000-2,000); Eidai Grip 1:8 Porsche Carrera Rsr Turbo 2.1L  (Estimate: $600-900); Four Distler Porsche Electromatic (Estimate: $500-800); A group of Minichamps Model Cars including Porsche 956L 1:18 Scale Le Mans 1982 and 1983 Winners and 1:43 Scale Porsche 956L of 1982 Winner Estimate: $500-800); and five JNF Porsche Elektrik Prototype Cars (Estimate: $400-600).

A second sale, offered by Greg C. Brown & Associates, Inc., in association with Lark Mason Associates, goes live on December 8 and runs through December 21. It features approximately 50 lots, representing over 180 LGB engines and cars.  Many are from the original LGB company in West Germany dating from the mid-1980’s to the early 2000’s.  Among them are collections of G-scale toy trains, track, buildings, figures, electronics, and accessories mainly from Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) and POLA-LGB, with additional pieces from PIKO-LGB, Department 56, and Playmobil.  The lots also include unusual and rare items such as a Ballenberg 1067 Rack Steam Locomotive (Ballenberg-Zahnrad-Dampflok 1067), LGB No. 20471; a Baumann modified VTG Tank Car with real metal roof (DB Kesselwagen VTG); an LGB/Baumann No. 20/4040VTG/2; and a Zillertalbahn Beer/Dining Car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen), LGB No. 3042. 

The toys are on view at Lark Mason Associates, 210 West Mill Street in New Braunfels, Texas. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.igavelauctions.com, www.larkmasonassociates.com or phone: 830-201-1175 of 212-289-5524.

About Lark Mason Associates

With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby’s New York.

Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby’s Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003. From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for Sothebys.com. He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on “The Antiques Road Show.” For more information visit: www.larkmasonassociates or www.igavelauctions.com

About Greg C. Brown Associates

Based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, Greg C. Brown is a Professional Personal Property Appraiser credentialed through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) with the ISA, member designation.  He started appraising in 2005 after taking and passing the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) Certified Appraiser of Personal Property course and have continued to stay in good standing with them ever since. For more information contact:[email protected] or phone 1-888-815-9430.

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