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World’s Most Expensive Toys– Yes, they are Antiques

World’s most expensive Toys


Searching for valuable toys and internet research is fraught with mistakes, exaggerations, misrepresentations, and assumptions.  I constantly get asked “Did you get a load of that article on the World’s most expensive toys?  Barbie?  GI Joe? Gundam?  Something seems off.”

Let me reframe the question, qualify, then correct. For me, a toy needs to be a production item.  Prototypes aren’t toys, they are prototypes.  Then in my book, a toy variety should have been played with at one point in time; kid tested.  –So Strike the volumes of gemstone laden designer dolls and platinum Gundams robots; those are adult jewelry.

With these qualifications, “World’s most expensive toy” can now come into sharper focus. Not surprisingly, late 1800’s and early 1900’s toys are a prime source for top 20 list.  They also happen to be true antique toys (over 100 years old), and have stood the test of time.

Keep in mind PRISTINE and Complete new old stock toys make this list. Prices drop exponentially for condition issues:

  1. Old Woman in a Shoe cast iron mechanical bank, 1884 W.S. Reed & Co- $426,000 (1998 too!)
  2. Jonah and the Whale/Jonah Emerges bank, J. & E. Stevens- $414,000
  3. Kyser & Rex Mikado illusionist bank  1886, Charles A. Bailey bank- $287,500
  4. Marklin Paddle Wheeler “Chicago”, 1900-1902- $264,500
  5. Albert Marque doll, 1915 – $263,000
  6. Marklin “Providence” windup tin boat- $247,250
  7. 1888 Stevens African-American man kicks a football over watermelon bank- $195,500
  8. Marklin Lusitania tin liner- $194,500
  9. 1880s Kyser & Rex Roller Skating bank- $195,500
  10. Bergmann Santa sleigh pulled by goats- $161,000
  11. Marklin Live Steam tin Fire Engine- $149,000
  12. Marklin “Deutschland” electric-powered ocean liner, $149,000.
  13. Marklin “Kaiserin Augusta Victoria” steam-powered ocean liner- $138,000
  14. Marklin battleship Mexico- $126,500
  15. ”Charles” tin fire-engine hose reel 1870 by George M. Brown- $125,000
  16. Battleship New York- $109,250
  17. Cast Iron Horse Race Bank- $100,800
  18. Circus Bank from 1887 Shepard Hardware Co-. $100,800
  19. Marklin Fidelitas Clown Cars- $103,000
  20. Hubley Royal Circus van Monkey cage- $97,000

Other toys of interest:

  • Hispania 1907 tin limousine- $80,500
  • Althof Bergman Mary and her Lamb- $33,000
  • Minnie Mouse and baby Felix- $20,900.
  • Schoenhut Bandwagon- $44,000
  • Girl Skipping Rope cast iron bank- $72,600
  • 1906 Marklin Roadster- $57,000
  • Teddy Roosevelt Adventures in Africa, Schoenhut- $34,000


Notes: Private Sales have not been included.  Also, the list will have omissions, it is simply a general guide of well publicized auction results.  Feel free to contact the staff for addendum and suggestions.


  1. Antonio on August 24, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I have a small mechanical wood toy got some part of a kind of plastic and the mechanism of metal parts I hope get som information about , that’ toy comes from old Europe bring to Mexico by a inmigrants from Belgium , maybe the mechanism is clogged , I realized to fixe it but I’m affray to destroy it and loss its valuable condition , I shan’t to up a pic of the beautiful toy , some parts of the toy are broken by the child who play whit

    • Kristy on September 1, 2019 at 4:36 am

      Please call us at 1-727-777-4206 or send pictures to we will be happy to help if we can.

  2. Barbara Shull on October 26, 2019 at 5:32 am

    What is the value of a 1963 Beverly Hillbillies truck?

    • Kristy on October 28, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      Please call us at 1-727-777-4206 or email us at we will be happy to help if we can.

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