World’s Largest Toy Collection: Jerni Collection By Jerry Greene On Sotheby’s Auction In New York

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World’s Largest Toy Collection
JERNI Collection
by Jerry Greene

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World’s largest toy collection, Jerni collection by American Jerry Greene valued at tens of millions of dollars is now in Sotheby‘s auction house in New York which will be there until the end of February, 2011, according to a BBC report. The Jerni collection is also considered as the most comprehensive toy collection in the world, according to Sotheby‘s.

The World’s largest toy collection includes 35,000 vintage toys and trains dating back from 1850 to 1940. Greene was able to collect all these toys in a span of 50 years. Part of the wide array of toys, consists of 5,000 items, has filled the entire floor of the Sotheby‘s auction house. Some of the toys are handmade and has a historical significance to Europe. Among the toys on display are replicas of actual train stations, remains of bridges and buildings destroyed during World War I and II, villages, carousels and Ferris wheels.

Greene reportedly stored his collection in five basement rooms of his house in Philadelphia.

The toys in the Jerni collection, came from well known European and American toy makers of the golden age of toy manufacturing that include Marklin, Bing, Ernst Plant Carette, and Rock & Graner.

According to Sotheby‘s, Jerni is the combination of the first name of the owner and his wife, Nina.

“I put it together piece by piece, and my quest for the highest-quality trains and toys took me to thousands of toy fairs and shows,” Greene said in a statement.

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