BIDS NEAR $100,000 FOR VINTAGE TRANSFORMERS TOY ROBOT COLLECTION
Escondido, California—July 31, 2007: In just nine days of furious bidding on ebay, a collection of vintage 1980s Transformers toy robots has received bids nearing $100,000, a figure that easily makes this the most expensive modern toy sale in history. Half of the sale’s proceeds will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Bidding on ebay continues through Wednesday, August 1st at noon Pacific Time.
The collection includes 275 Transformers robots, with childhood favorites Optimus Prime and Megatron, rarities like Computron, and licensed products such as ear muffs, a TV tray, and an electric toothbrush, all in their original boxes and in mint condition. The collection was purchased by the late Anthony Lindgren, an avid Transformers fan up to the time of his death from hemophilia-related AIDS in 1998.
Anthony’s widow, Phoenix Lindgren, 47, hopes the toys will make a difference in the lives of others affected by AIDS, and assist her personal transformation, as well. Lindgren plans to use half of the sale proceeds to attend veterinary school next year.
“The decision to sell the Transformers was not an easy one. Anthony and I had some good times back in the mid-eighties collecting these toys, but with the release of the new Transformers movie, and my commitment to continuing my education, the timing seemed right,” said Lindgren.
To find out more about the collection, the auction, and Lindgren’s story, search ebay for “Ultimate Transformers Collection.”