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Question: This Pan American airplane belonged to my father, who passed away at age 83 in 2001; the plane has hung in a bedroom ever since. Wing to wing, it measures 27 inches; nose to tail, it is 21 1/2 inches. The wooden wheels still turn, as do the propellers. What can you tell me about this piece?

Answer: Production of airplane toys took off when American aviator Charles Lindbergh flew solo from New York to Paris nonstop in 1927. A host of toy companies made cast-iron aircraft during the Depression era. Louis Marx and Company produced this less-expensive pressed-steel airplane based on the DC-4 in the 1940s. There's also an American Airlines version. Although the surface of your plane is dull and possibly rusty in spots, it's good that the propellers, wheels and decals are intact. Auction prices of these planes range from around $150 to $280 or more when in excellent condition and the airport staircase is included.

-- By Tom Hoepf, associate editor of Auction Central News

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