Highlighted lots (and estimated auction prices) include:
• One of the best-grade examples known of the Beatles Record Player in the original box ($8,500 to $12,500)
• One of the few complete sets known of the rare 1964 German figural cork stoppers ($3,300 to $4,500)
• A store stock set of 4 Yellow Submarine banks in original boxes ($2,500 to $3,200)
• Ringo Starr Drum Set in box ($2,225 to $3,000)
• A rare set of four Beatles Kelsboro Ware ceramic heads ($2,200 to $2,600)
• A set of four Ben Cooper Beatles Halloween costumes ($2,500 to $3,200)
• A Collegeville Costumes “Blue Meanie” costume ($675 to $900)
• Rare white high-top “Wing-Ding” Sneakers in box ($1,500 to $2,000)
• Beatles Remco Dolls in the rare Sears mailing box ($1,100 to $1,300)
• Ceramics by Washington Pottery, Royal Grafton, Butler Designs and more (pieces
range from $100 to $750)
• The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today third-state butcher cover ($300 to $500)
• A rare Nestle Quik can with inflatable dolls offer ($1,200 to $1,500)
• An Apple employee promotional watch ($1,200 to $1,600)
• A Beatles Kaboodle Kit ($1,000 to $1,370)
• A Yellow Submarine Apple Bonker bronze statue ($900 to $1,150)
• Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds vase ($800 to $1,000)
• A rare Yellow Submarine glass candle ($1,000 to $1,400)
A variety of vinyl and collectibles from other artists, including The Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Monkees, KISS, Ramones, Madonna, Blondie, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Badfinger, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple, The Turtles, Herman’s Hermits, Spencer Davis Group and Eric Burdon, also are featured.
Online bidders can preview, register and bid live at serioustoyz.com. Collectors without computer access can participate by phone, fax or mail using Serious Toyz’ 28-page printed auction catalog. Call-backs and ceiling bids are available, so ‘offline’ bidders are not at a disadvantage.
Additionally, a unique process for the auction’s end prevents the use of “sniper” software, which ensures that everyone has a fair shot at getting what they want. The auction is slated to end at 11 p.m. Nov. 22, 2008, plus 30 minutes without a bid.
This auction features no minimum bids, 10 percent minimum bid increments, and a low 12 percent buyers premium. Bidding for this auction has already begun, and will run until Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. Because of the high level of interest in this auction, Serious Toyz will have five telephone lines on the end day to accommodate phone bidders. The Web site also offers bidders the opportunity to check on and place bids live throughout the auction.
“This is the first time we have had an auction focused on rock ‘n’ roll, and we couldn’t be more pleased to offer such a wide array of the rarest Beatles Collectibles,” said Serious Toyz’ founder Tom Miano.
Any item in this auction can be inspected in person by appointment Serious Toyz’ new, larger location at 1 Baltic Place, Croton on Hudson, N.Y., 10520. Or, call toll-free at 866-OLD-TOYZ. Hours vary; be sure to call ahead.
Miano, an ex-advertising creative director, founded Serious Toyz in 1995. The firm repeatedly has been named one of the leading toy auction houses in the U.S.
Serious Toyz usually schedules several auctions a year, and will feature another general Vintage Toy & Collectible auction this coming spring. Visit the company online at www.serioustoyz.com