Showtime Auction Services to sell 2 major collections April 4-6

Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Over 2,200 lots from two major collections, plus consignments from more than 100 other advanced collectors will be sold at auction the weekend of April 4-6 by Showtime Auction Services. The three-day event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor.

LiveAuctioneers.com will facilitate Internet live bidding all three days – a departure from Showtime’s practice of having Internet bidding on Saturday and Sunday only.

Headlining the event will be the lifetime collection of Robert and Janet Straub of Kansas and the lifetime collection of Neil J. Frick of Michigan. Both collections are diverse and have something for every collector in over 40 categories.

The auction will feature many of the collecting categories for which Showtime Auction Services has become renowned in the industry. These will include petroliana, automobilia, salesman’s samples, Heinz collection, trade cards, general store and country store, advertising signs, match safes, trays, cast-iron toys, pressed steel toys, barber shop and saloon.

Additional categories will feature tobacciana, cigar store figures, hardware, store tins, Coca-Cola, whiskey, breweriana, primitives, lamps, bronzes, drug store, soda fountain, ice cream, gambling, cash registers, fishing, folk art , furniture, store displays and fixtures and fire fighting antiques and much more. It will be a packed sale.

“This will undoubtedly be one of the most diverse auctions we’ve ever held, and it could end up being the best spring auction we’ve ever staged,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich. “The Straubs and the Fricks are dedicated collectors in their categories, and I encourage fans of primitives and country store to bid early and bid often.”

Individual items expected to do well include an all original Happy Jap gum dispenser with a shelf and original porcelain sign, a 1910 Yuenling’s Beer reverse glass sign (“Purity, Cleanliness, Porter & Ale, Pottsville”), a 1942 Wurlitzer Model 42 jukebox with keyboard in excellent working condition and boasting excellent and colorful graphics, and a 1932 Packard 902 standard 8 convertible coupe, fully restored and in excellent running condition.

Other featured lots will include an extremely rare early 20th century Smith’s Kidney Pills tin sign in the original frame, in remarkable condition, with Black/Americana subject matter. An equally rare Glencoe Brewing Co. Beer Vitrolite sign with original copper flashed frame and a rare green version Hires Rootbeer soda fountain dispenser will also be offered.

Auction start times all three days are 9 a.m. Eastern.

For details call Michael Eckles at 951-453-2415; or e-mail him at either mikeckles@aol.com or mike@showtimeauctions.com.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Hires Rootbeer soda fountain syrup dispenser (green version). Excellent original condition. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

All original gum dispenser with shelf and original porcelain sign, in very good working condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

All original gum dispenser with shelf and original porcelain sign, in very good working condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Glencoe Beer Vitrolite corner sign featuring Uncle Sam. Excellent Condition with original frame. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Glencoe Beer Vitrolite corner sign featuring Uncle Sam. Excellent Condition with original frame. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Salesman's sample windmill made by Monitor Manufacturing Co., Auburn, IN. Excellent Condition. Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Salesman’s sample windmill made by Monitor Manufacturing Co., Auburn, IN. Excellent Condition. Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Cigar Store Indian attributed to Samuel Robb, with earlier repaint. Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Cigar Store Indian attributed to Samuel Robb, with earlier repaint. Estimate: $30,000 to $50,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Zinc sheep weathervane in excellent original condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Zinc sheep weathervane in excellent original condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Early 1900's Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association embossed tin sign with some minor restoration, otherwise excellent condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Early 1900’s Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association embossed tin sign with some minor restoration, otherwise excellent condition. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Gold Miner 'One Armed Bandit' slot machine, attributed to Frank Polk. Excellent working condition. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.

Gold Miner ‘One Armed Bandit’ slot machine, attributed to Frank Polk. Excellent working condition. Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000. Showtime Auction Services image.