Saturday, December 18, 2010
A 37.5-inch-long replica of the ill- fated Lusitania, the star lot in an auction of antique toys collected by the late Malcolm Forbes and his sons, sold for $194,500 at Sotheby’s in New York yesterday, setting a record for a toy boat at auction.
The publishing magnate bought it in 1983 for $28,600. The actual Cunard ocean liner was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915.
Overall, the sale’s 237 lots, which included toy knights and the earliest surviving Monopoly game, handmade by its inventor, Charles Darrow, failed to stir as much excitement as expected.