Unique toys including Mickey Mouse and antique robots to auction this Sunday

For collectors of the nostalgic and unique, it doesn't get much better than investing in rare antique toys.

And the good news is that this Sunday, September 19, 2010, will see an online sale of some 168 rare pieces dating back to the 19th century.

This special collection of tin pieces, vehicles, space and familiar comic characters is being sold through Toys of Time Past

One particular highlight is a rare pre-war celluloid Mickey Mouse dressed in cowboy gear and atop a Pluto rocker.

This piece comes from Japan and features all of the original cowboy accessories as well as the original colour lithograph box.

Arguably the star lot of the event, this unique piece carries a pre-auction estimate of £5,765 - 6,410 ($9,000 - $10,000).

Elsewhere, the familiar figure of Popeye the sailor man features prominently with a Linemar Popeye Juggling Olive Oyl toy valued at £770 - 1,150 ($1,200 - 1,800) alongside a boxed Marx Popeye Champ with a target price of £1,150 - 1,600 ($1,800 - $2,500) and an interesting Chein Popeye Overhead Puncher which carries an estimated price of £1,280 - 1,920 ($2,000 - $3,000).  

The standout piece from this group, however, has to be the Popeye Express Fliers.

This toy includes both Popeye and his lady love Olive piloting airplanes around a tower and comes in its original box with an estimate of £1,280 - 1,600($2,000 - $2,500).

Elsewhere, for the more classical toy collector, the sale offers a selection of German-made Lehmann tinplate toys.

Stand out pieces include a rare original condition 1914 Ikarus airplane measuring 10 inches in length and with a 14-inch wingspan which carries a target price of £2,240 - 3,200 ($3,500 - $5,000).

There's also the rare 1908 Karl Bub limousine. Measuring 14 inches long, this toy is regarded by experts as one of the finest deluxe models ever made with details including rubber tires, glass windows, a brake lever and some hand-painted section. It of little surprise to find this toy has an estimated price of £2,560 - 3,840 ($4,000 - 6,000).

Space toys and robots are also set to dazzle collectors at the event.

The stand out piece in this category is undoubtedly the tin remote controlled Sonsco robot which is selling with its original box.

Coloured red and turquoise, previous examples of this unique space walker have sold for more than £5,120 ($8,000). This well conditioned piece could surpass that figure, with a target price of £4,800 - 6,400 ($7,500 - 10,000).

The Mama Katzenjammer

Finally the rare cast iron American Mama Katzenjammer pull toy could prove to be the bargain of the weekend, with one model of the 1910 made toy in excellent condition, carrying an estimated price of £1,920 - 2,560 ($3,000 - 4,000).



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