Very few people have seen the world’s greatest collection of toys and trains. Until now, that is:Â Â Sotheby’s is exhibiting selections from the astounding 35,000 piece Jerni Collection at its New York headquarters through February, Seeking a private sale, Sotheby’s is offering the collection, valued at $40-$50 million, as a single lot.
Each one of the pieces, made between 1850 and 1940, is a little work of art. There are antique locomotives, buildings, bridges, carousels, barges, Ferris wheels, and thousands of figurines, a small-scale universe. It was all the work of a single collector, Jerry Green, a 67-year old Pennsylvania music executive who assembled it over a fifty-year period. What will he do now? “I want to sell it so that I have a clean basement,” he said. “After this I will collect something else.”
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