An extravaganza of rare collector cars and trains is now open for auction on iGavel Auctions

Nine Distler Porsche Electromatic 7500
Lark Mason Associates

A successful online sale consisting of 200 lots, representing more than 1,500 collectible model cars and trains, is now open for auction on www.igavelauctions.com until December 16. Made up of Japanese, German and other toy cars, this unique sale includes the most sought-after collectibles, including an assortment of Porsche model cars and kit cars from Schuco, Burago and other manufacturers; a wide selection of miniature cars to collect from Hot Wheels and Matchbox; a variety of slot cars, RC cars and other toy cars from the mid to late 20th century.

According to Lark Mason, “This is a rare opportunity for toy car and train enthusiasts to bid on highly sought after collectables at very low estimates.”

Highlights include Jeff Gamble, Spyder Spin, Sculpture on Marble Stand (Estimate: $1,000-2,000); Eidai Grip 1:8 Porsche Carrera Rsr Turbo 2.1L (Estimate: $600-900); Four Distler Porsche Electromatic (Estimate: $500-800); A group of Minichamps miniature cars including the 1982 and 1983 Le Mans winners’ 1:18 scale Porsche 956L and the 1982 winner’s 1:43 scale Porsche 956L (estimate: $500-$800); and five JNF Porsche Elektrik prototype cars (estimate: $400-600).

A second sale, offered by Greg C. Brown & Associates, Inc., in association with Lark Mason Associates, will go live Dec. 8 and run through Dec. 21. It includes around 50 lots, representing more than 180 LGB engines and cars. Many are from the original LGB company in West Germany dating from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. Among them are collections of G-scale toy trains, tracks, buildings, action figures , electronics and accessories mainly from Lehmann Gross Bahn (LGB) and POLA-LGB, with additional parts from PIKO-LGB, Department 56 and Playmobil. Lots also include unusual and rare items such as a Ballenberg 1067 cogwheel steam locomotive (Ballenberg-Zahnrad-Dampflok 1067), LGB No. 20471; a VTG tank car modified by Baumann with a real metal roof (DB Kesselwagen VTG); an LGB/Baumann No. 20/4040VTG/2; and a Zillertalbahn beer/restaurant car (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen), LGB No. 3042.

Jeff Gamble, Spyder Spin, Marble Base Sculpture
Lark Mason Associates

The toys are on display at Lark Mason Associates, 210 West Mill Street in New Braunfels, Texas. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.igavelauctions.com, www.larkmasonassociates.com or phone: 830-201-1175 or 212-289-5524.

About Lark Mason Associates

With offices in New Braunfels, Texas and New York, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as as an expert at Sotheby’s New York.

Mason was General Appraiser from 1979 to 1985, and Senior Vice President and Chinese Art Specialist in the Chinese Works of Art Department at Sotheby’s from 1985 to 2003. From 2000 to 2003 he was concurrently Director of Auctions online for Sothebys.com. He was also a consultant curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003 to 2009. He is a generalist of American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has appreciated and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly holds auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other artworks and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any artwork in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that made nearly $4.2 million. Mason, owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is known for his regular appearances on “The Antiques Road Show.” For more information visit: www.larkmasonassociates or www.igavelauctions.com

Beer/restaurant car Zillertalbahn (Zillertalbahn Fasslwagen)
(Courtesy of Greg C. Brown Associates)

About Greg C. Brown Associates

Based in Bainbridge Island, Washington, Greg C. Brown is a Professional Personal Property Appraiser accredited by the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) with the ISA Member designation. He began appraising in 2005 after completing and passing the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) Certified Personal Property Appraiser course and has continued to remain in good standing with them ever since. For more information contact: [email protected] or call 1-888-815-9430.

Laura J. Boyer