The Larry Seiber Collection

by jamesdjulia
We have just come across this site today and will post a little more earlier next time... (the auction is today).

The fortunate few who had the pleasure of knowing the late Larry Seiber were familiar with this very private and somewhat eccentric individual's insistence on the highest quality, condition, and rarity. After a break-in several years back, Seiber, concerned with losing his cache, squirreled away the toys, rarely taking them out to enjoy them. So literally hidden away for many years, seldom seeing the light of day were treasures unknown to most of the collecting world. Alas, Mr. Seiber left us in December, leaving behind a trove of exceptional automotive rarities. With boxes literally stacked floor to ceiling, Truman and Lowe spent several days poring over the contents with the aid of Seiber's family to find the various jewels. A quiet collector, Seiber amassed a splendid array of rare cast iron automotive toys, including a number of examples that are believed to be the only ones in existence. Not only that, the auction is certain to gain the attention of collectors throughout the world who will be pleased by the fact the collection will be offered completely unreserved!

Leading the charge is a phenomenal Arcade clockwork "Say it with Flowers" delivery cycle. Believed to be one of only a few known windup examples in existence, it is one of the most highly sought after toys in history. It consists of an Indian motorcycle with rider affixed to a delivery van back end containing a powerful clockwork motor to propel the heavy cast iron body. All original and painted in brilliant aqua, finished with delicate floral decals and embossed details, it just takes your breath away. Very few of these were made in the first place, and even fewer survived. It comes with a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000.