Disney collectibles were flying high at a California auction and are featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles December 2018 newsletter. More than 900 lots from a single collection of Disneyland-related toys, animation cels and unique theme park souvenirs that sold collectively for over $7 million. Among the items pictured in Kovels’ — a car from the Dumbo the flying Elephant ride that auctioned for $483,000, a trash can used near the It’s a Small World attraction that went for $18,400, and an unused 1960 book of park tickets that brought $4,300. Midcentury design continues to be popular with collectors and Kovels’ December newsletter pictures furniture and accessories with their prices from a recent Chicago auction. Chairs by Adrian Pearsall and Eero Saarinen mingle with a Herman Miller wall hanging, a George Nelson cabinet, a Marilyn Newhart doll and other iconic forms, including a 1940s leg splint designed by Charles and Ray Eames foruse in World War II.
A fall New Jersey auction featured a collection of Lalique glass. The clear arched centerpiece that made collectors exclaim ooh-la-la! sold for $31,250. It was decorated with a frosted feathery firebird on a bronze base that could be illuminated. This and other Lalique items, mostly from the 1920s, are pictured in Kovels’ December issue. Antique mechanical toy enthusiasts had much to consider at a New Jersey auction where a French gymnast toy sold for over $15,000. Find other toys that feature rowers, kickers, climbers and even a swimmer in Kovels’ latest issue. And homemade rugs from the late 18th and early 19th centuries were sold in Pennsylvania, where the top priced rug picturing two flower pots in a serpentine border went for $1,375. Kovels’ newsletter pictures other examples with animals, stars and geometrics.
Kovels’ also tells how to spot reproductions of vintage roly poly tins. They go “on the road” to Athens to explore the sights, markets and antiques. Kovels’ popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a Christmas pyramid, a wooden Streamliner sled, a Shawnee cookie jar and “bank pins.” December’s Dictionary of Marks pictures marks and dates found on vintage Disney toys. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in December’s Buyer’s Price Guide.
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