THOMASTON, ME: A September 19 Thomaston Place Auction Galleries sale featuring over 430 lots of coins and toys attracted strong interest among collectors in both categories. The auction had broad participation, including many bidders on the internet, telephones, and on the auction house floor.
Owner and Auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “We were very pleased with the interest in this sale, particularly among people who attended the auction. We achieved results at the high end of the pre-sale estimate, and virtually everything was sold!”
Most of the coins offered in this sale came from three large collections. Every coin found buyers, and many generated aggressive competitive bidding. The sale’s top lot, a 1909-O $5 Gold Indian Head coin, brought $17,825, and a 1913 $10 Gold Indian Head coin achieved the second-highest sales price, achieving $10,350.
Other high flying coin lots included an 1877-S trade dollar graded MS63 that flew past its pre-sale estimate and brought $4,887, a Dansco album containing 1861 – 1921-S Morgan silver dollars (missing 3 dates) sold for $4,485, and a lot of 6 early currency notes with a pre-sale estimate of $300-400 grabbed attention when it rocketed to a final price of $4,485.
The toy portion of the sale also drew a large contingent of collectors, and a tin boat, the U.S. ocean liner “George Washington” by German maker Marklin achieved the top lot position by generating $3,450 from an internet bidder.
Toy robots also fared very well in the sale, and the second highest lot was a Japanese Godaiken ‘Tensujin 28’ by Popy in its original box that sold for $2,415. An assorted group of 1970s Japanese Zincron Mekanda Bullmark space toys with boxes brought $2,185.
A complete list of auction results can be found at www.thomastonauction.com. The next Thomaston Place Auction Galleries sale on November 9 & 10, 2013 will feature over 1,000 lots of fine art and decorative antiques.
Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is coastal Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston. Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations using its unique Mobile Appraisal Laboratory, and providing house call appraisal services. Its expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.
NOTE: All prices include the 15% buyer’s premium.