THIS rare c.1912 Märklin fire engine toy topped the sale of the second part of the Donald Kaufman toy collection at specialist saleroom Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, on September 25-26.

The Märklin fire engine that made $130,000 (£86,700) at Bertoia Auctions.

The live-steam fire engine, considered by many German toy experts to be the ultimate in Märklin craftsmanship, sold to a European collector for $130,000 (£86,700) against a $40,000-50,000 estimate.

Fewer than five examples of the 18in (46cm) long, hand painted toy are known to exist.

In total, the 1129-lot auction made a premium-inclusive $3m (£2m).

Kaufman, 78, has been buying toys for 50 years, accumulating a vast collection. In March this year, Part I of the Kaufman collection totalled $4.2m (£3.1m), the highlight of which was the Märklin Fidelitas clown caravan c.1909 sold for $90,000 (£66,200) plus premium.

The sale of the third part of the collection will take place on April 9-10, 2010 and the total series of sales is expected to span two years or more.

The buyer's premium was 15 per cent.