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Rare Character Toys from Estate of KB Toys Co-Founder at Auction

Circa-1924 Packard coupe pedal car, wicker trim, functional doors, fancy eagle hood ornament, estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Image: Courtesy Bertoia Auctions.

The dreams of thousands of toy
collectors worldwide have come true since last March when Bertoia
launched a
semiannual series of auctions to disperse the renowned Donald Kaufman
Collection. Last September when the hammer fell on the closing lot for
part II
of the series, the incomparable collection of American, European and
toys had already taken in $7.2 million, with much more to come.

massive Kaufman toy box has not been depleted of its premier offerings
of rare
toys. On April 16-17, 2010, Bertoia’s will debut part III of the Donald
Collection, which will include the first offerings of classic American
toys from this prestigious collection. “The selection will astound
collectors –
something like this won’t happen again in our lifetime,” said Rich
Bertoia, who
catalogued the majority of the auction..