Forbes’ Tiny Toys will Be Sold at Sotheby’s in New York City

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NEW YORK (AP)- The Forbes collection of miniature vintage toy soldiers and boats — from kings and queens to luxury ocean liners and warships — is going on the auction block in December. The charming collectibles have been on view for 25 years in a series of dioramas and vignettes in the lobby of the Forbes Magazine Fifth Avenue headquarters in Greenwich Village. Totaling 7,500 pieces crafted from the 1870s through the 1950s, they will be sold in 250 lots on Dec. 17 at Sotheby’s. They are expected to bring $3 million to $5 million. Among the highlights is a 37-inch-long replica of the Cunard Line’s Lusitania ocean liner complete with two lead seamen, a seated passenger and five pairs of lifeboats. The magazine’s late publisher, Malcolm Forbes, paid $28,600 for it at a Sotheby’s auction in 1983. At the upcoming auction, the vintage toy is estimated to bring $100,000 to $200,000. A cast-iron French gas-powered armored gu