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NEWS: Malcom Forbes Toys sell for $2.4 mil

  •  Sotheby's in New York is reporting the sale of  a collection of Malcom Forbes toys.

    The sale was dated Dec 17th, 2010

    The Malcolm Forbes Toy Collection presents the toy boats, soldiers, motorcycles and classic board games lovingly gathered over nearly four decades by legendary collector Malcolm Forbes and his sons.

    More Notes from the sale page:  The major portion of the sale will consist of a captivating array of sports, naval, commercial and luxury toy boats - arguably one of the finest collections of its type in the world. It reflects the best examples from the 1870s through the 1950s, which is known as the Golden Age of Toys, and includes examples from every major toy boat maker, many originating from the Nuremburg area in Germany, among them Märklin, Bing, Fleischmann and Carette. The largest toy boat in the collection, 47" long, is the cast-iron French Gas-Powered Heavily Armored Gunboat (est. $200/300,000), a replica of a 19th century battleship with a gas-powered engine and zinc and bronze details also known as “Andre the Giant.” A top lot of the sale, it is currently the only known example of its kind. Also among the featured lots is the Märklin recreation of the Cunard Line’s "Lusitania" ocean liner (est. $100/200,000), which was sunk in 1915 by a German submarine, helping to precipitate America's entry into World War I.