There was something special to view with every turn of the page in Bertoia’s May 8-9 “In May We Play” auction catalog. The especially diverse 1,521-lot sale crossed the entire panorama of antique toys and banks, a factor that kept the level of interest – and bidding – lively from start to finish. By the end of the Saturday session, the event had tallied a healthy $1.57 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Trains, trolleys and automobiles led the auction parade, with strong prices paid for both German- and American-made rarities. Finishing in the No. 1 slot was a circa-1910 Voltamp No. 2116 “Edna” interurban tram. An early version with an olive-green painted tin body and wood floor, the 16½-inch-long toy rushed past its $10,000-$12,000 estimate to settle at $21,240. The premier name in German toy manufacturing, Marklin, took its well-deserved place in the spotlight,

Read More: Spirited gathering of collectors turns out for Bertoia’s May 8-9 toy, train & bank auction