Morphy Auctions’ January Las Vegas Coin-Op and Advertising Sales Event Features A World-Class Selection of Remarkable Antique Arcade, Vending, and Gambling Machines.
This much anticipated, almost 1,600-lot auction also includes a wide range of vintage jukeboxes, soda fountain collectibles, and fine antiques, among many other top-tier collecting categories.
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce its Las Vegas Coin Op and Advertising two day sales event to be held on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2016. All lots from this auction are on display in Morphy’s Las Vegas auction gallery and available for preview now. Las Vegas location: 4520 Arville Street, #1 | Las Vegas, NV 89103 | 702-382-2466
It’s no contest that this auction features a fantastic selection of coin-op gaming machines, with over 125 fine examples on offer. Lot #1333, a 5¢ Mills Duplex Upright Floor Wheel Slot Machine and lot #524, a Multi-Coin Mills Double Dewey Slot Machine With Music, are worth a high-five. Both are estimated at $60,000 to 80,000. Lot #1332, a 50¢ Caille Eclipse Floor Wheel Slot Machine (estimated at $40,000 to $50,000), and lot #523, a Watling Cupid Counter Wheel Trade Stimulator estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, will unquestionable turn a few heads. And all bets are on lot #1334, a exceptional 25¢ Mills Roulette Floor Model Slot Machine, one of only several known and in working condition, estimated at a cool $150,000 to $250,000.
For those looking for some good old-fashioned fun and games, this auction offers almost 150 antique arcade machines. Three fortune-telling examples suggest auspicious things are on the horizon. They include lot #392, a 1¢ Puss In Boots Fortune Teller Machine, and lot #1195, a 1¢ Mlle. Zita Fortune Teller Machine. Both are made by Roovers and are estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. And collectors just might rush to lot #1197, a 1¢ ESCO Donkey In The Gold Mine Arcade Machine, estimated at $25,000 to $45,000.
Enthusiasts hungry to add fantastic vintage vending machines to their collections need look no farther than this auction. With almost 150 examples on sale – including those that dole out sweets, lotion, perfume, smokes, and “unmentionables,” – there is truly something for every taste. Lot #465, a 1¢ Penny Wilbur’s Chocolate Vending Machine and lot #467, a 5¢ A. Marx Lion Peanut Vendor, certainly offer food for thought. Both are estimated at $10,000 to $14,000. But the real eye candy in this category has to be lot #466, a 1¢ Standard Gum Machine Blinkey Eye Gum Vendor, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, which blinks every time a piece of gum is dispensed.
With almost three dozen juke and music boxes on offer, this sales event will literally be music to collector’s ears. Bird’s the word over lot #1364, a circa 1941 Multi-Coin Wurlitzer Model 850 Phonograph Jukebox with a peacock front, cutout grille detail, and red, yellow, and orange plastics. This big beauty is estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. And for those who prefer their music even more classical, please take note of lot #614, a 5¢ Regina Dragon Front Music Machine. This example from 1896, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, should strike a chord.
Moving right along, this sales event offers about a dozen spectacular automatons. Two Vichy models from the turn of last century are certain to tickle collector’s funny bones. The first is lot #1488, a Triboulet Clown With Umbrella Automaton, estimated at $12,500 to $25,000. This example has a man holding a fan in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The second is lot #1493, an Acrobat Clown With Two Chairs Automaton. This piece features a gymnast and two chairs posed on a wooden platform with a velvet rug. He is estimated at a well-balanced $10,000 to $20,000.
Collectors will find this auction’s broad selection of over 100 vintage soda fountain accessories, items, and machines as enjoyable as a walk down memory lane. Two sweet treats certain to pump up enthusiasts include lot #180, a Cardinal Cherry Heavily Embossed Syrup Dispenser (estimated at $6,000 to $12,000) and lot #1024, an Early 2-Piece Hires Mettlach Syrup and Urn Lid, including an old spigot with a nicely modified front retainer washer, estimated at $20,000 to $35,000.
Morphy’s is famous for its outstanding selections of antique advertising and ephemera, and this sale further confirms the company’s leadership position in these important areas. With over 500 lots on offer, collectors will have a hard time narrowing down their favorites amongst the spectacular food, beverage, tobacco, barbershop, general store, transportation, and other promotional categories on offer. Highlights worthy of a toast include lot #936, a Buffalo Brewing Reverse Painting Sign featuring textured silver lettering, the trademark buffalo galloping out of a sunrise, and a horseshoe adorned with hops and grain (estimated at $10,000 to $25,000) and lot #938, a breathtaking California Brewing Reverse Painting Sign, mounted in an oval, painted wood frame, refreshingly estimated at $9,000 to $15,000.
Fine selections of vintage and diecast toys, artwork, character items, gambling, and general antiques round out this exciting sales event.
According to Larry DeBaugh, Morphy’s Coin Op and Gambling Expert, “This auction just might be the finest and most well rounded coin op sale we have ever put together. The 25¢ Mills Roulette Floor Model is absolutely amazing and one of the rarest and outstanding machines we have had the pleasure of handling. Other highlights include fine examples from Roovers, ESCO, Amusement Machine Co, Watling, Caille, and Charles Fey & Sons, among many other manufacturers. I welcome you to see these remarkable, museum quality rarities in person at our Morphy’s Las Vegas showroom.”
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