Bertoia’s to Auction the Late Donal Markey’s Near-Flawless Collection of Toys, Folk Art and Advertising


VINELAND, N.J.- The late Donal Markey was one of an elite circle of illuminati who bought and sold the rare antique toys 25 years ago that are now considered masterworks of their category. Markey’s own immaculate personal collection of antique toys, folk art, and mechanical and still banks is now headed to auction in a March 25-26 sale organized by Bertoia’s, the firm his old friend the late Bill Bertoia co-founded. More than 1,000 lots will be presented in the two-day auction. The common thread in all of Markey’s collections was color, especially reds, various shades of green, and yellow. Multicolored pieces were his favorite. “Every item Donal bought was for display. He lived with all of it in his home, and the cardinal rule was that it had to have color and visual appeal, whether it was a clock, a whirligig or a framed mirror – and the condition