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Hartland Famous Western Gunfighters with Original Boxes: Masterson, Troop, McKay, Bonner, Paladin
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $948
Extraordinary high-grade collection of Hartland statues from the rare "Famous Western Gunfighters" series, including four in their original boxes. In 1958 Hartland began production of a series of stand-alone western figures without horses. In keeping with tradition, all of the figures depicted characters on popular television Westerns from the era. In total, ten figures would be produced within a two-year span, and all would be available for retail sale until 1961. This remarkable collection is comprised of the final five figures produced by the company. It should be noted that these stand-alone Hartlands are infinitely scarcer than the mounted riders offered by the company and for many collectors high-grade examples, such as these, are looked upon as "Holy Grails" in the field. Ideally, two of the figures here are also accompanied by their original tags (Bat Masterson was never issued with a tag). As most collectors know, the original tags and boxes are exceedingly rare, especially in high-grade, and are seldom offered at public sale. All of the Western Hartland figures in this auction originate from an extremely advanced collection that was assembled with condition in mind, and as such, most of the figures offered here rank among the finest examples we have ever seen. While two of the boxes offered in this lot are in somewhat lesser condition when compared to those accompanying the other Hartland statues featured in this auction, both are superior to the few other examples we have seen and their extreme rarity is such that condition is normally overlooked. They are nearly impossible to find! In an effort to remain consistent, all of the items have been graded on a scale of "1"-"10." The figures are listed in the order in which they were originally issued by the company. 1) Vince Bonner #765. Complete with original hat, gun, tag, and box. Figure and accessories: the arms are very loose, but still attached; otherwise "9.5." Tag: "8." Box: tape repair on top lid, cellophane torn, and heavy rippling to one side panel; "6.5." 2) Paladin #766. Complete with original hat, and gun (no box). Accompanied by a reproduction tag. Figure and accessories: "8.5." 3) Dan Troop #767. Complete with original hat, gun, tag, and box. Figure and accessories: "6.5." Tag: name written in ink on reverse; "5." Box: a few tiny tears on top lid; cellophane intact; "8.5." 4) Johnny McKay #768. Complete with original hat, gun, and box (no tag). Figure and accessories: "9." Box: missing one of the interior top side flaps, cellophane torn, moderate rippling, minor stains/abrasions; "6." 5) Bat Masterson #769. Complete with original hat, gun, walking stick (exceedingly rare), and box (no tag). Figure and accessories: "7.5." Box: a strip of vintage masking tape on the interior top flap (not in repair of any tear), light foxing; cellophane intact; "9." Total: 5 figures, four in their original boxes. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $948
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