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Morphy’s hits $2M jackpot with antique coin-op machines and advertising

Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine with seven coin-slots. Fresh to the market after being purchased from The Las Vegas Club hotel and casino in the 1970s. The finest original Caille Roulette machine Morphy’s specialists had ever seen, it sold at the midpoint of its pre-sale estimate for $246,000.

DENVER, Pa. – Beautiful coin-operated machines of a bygone era joined forces with stellar antique advertising this month to produce an auction payday at Morphy’s that exceeded $2 million. The Nov. 3-5, 2022 sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, featured more than 1,600 premier lots. All shared a common thread that was best explained by Morphy Auctions CEO Tom Tolworthy, a noted coin-op expert who personally cataloged the auction.

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Automobilia collection kept bidders engaged at Milestone’s $600K auction

Very rare 1936 Packard 1407 Coupe with rumble seat. Complete with V12 473-cubic-inch 175hp engine and original 3-speed transmission. Excellent condition, odometer showing 64,033 actual miles. Accompanied by large assortment of extra parts. Sold for $140,400 against an estimate of $120,000-$150,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – The multifaceted collection of the late Mark Smith was the cornerstone of an exciting $613,000 event at Milestone Auctions’ suburban Cleveland gallery on October 15th. Smith, a Virginia businessman, was a passionate and very hands-on collector of automotive advertising and memorabilia, a reflection of his involvement in the car industry. But there was much more to Smith’s collecting interests than just motoring, said Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions.

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Route 32 Auctions and Indy Ad Show join Morphy Auctions family

Jill and Kevin Parker, founders and former owners of Route 32 Auctions and The Indy Ad Show. Image provided by the Parkers

DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that Route 32 Auctions and the iconic Indy Ad Show, formerly owned by Kevin and Jill Parker of Crawfordsville, Indiana, are now part of Morphy Auctions’ organization.

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Top dealers from 10 states to set up at The Big Collectibles Show, Oct. 21-22

Pair of 1936 Landon & Knox political license plate toppers, offered by Lon Ellis, $1,600 for the pair

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Where can a $5 bill buy collectors an entertaining day of antiques and collectibles shopping, free expert appraisals, and admission to one of America’s most exciting museums? At The Big Collectibles Show taking place October 21 and 22 at the MAPS (Military Air Preservation Society) Air Museum.

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Knudsen gas & oil advertising collection anchors Morphy’s Sept. 30-Oct. 3 auction series

One of only two known examples of Husky Motor Oils tin billboard sign with original wood frame, 96in x 60in, 8.5+ condition. Original backing also in outstanding condition. One of the finest examples of graphics in all of gasoline and motor oil advertising. Estimate $75,000-$150,000

DENVER, Pa. – On September 30, Morphy Auctions begin the thrilling year-long adventure of selling the Bobby Knudsen Jr Collection of World-Class Automotive, Gas & Oil and Soda Pop Advertising. The massive personal collection will be offered in a series of three no-reserve auctions concluding in the fall of 2023, with all sales to be conducted live at Morphy Auctions’ gallery in Denver (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania. The September 30, 2022 series opener, devoted exclusively to Knudsen’s collection, will be followed by October 1-3 sessions featuring high-quality automobilia, petroliana and railroadiana from other consignors. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Antique tobacco tins are smoking-hot collectibles

A rare Continental Cubes tobacco tin sold for $5,000 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020 at Dan Morphy Auctions. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — Patented in 1875, offset lithography quickly became the preferred way to decorate tin products, and the tobacco industry was a pioneer in utilizing the then-revolutionary technology to advertise its wares.

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19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with lighted front fountain and Charles Lippincott 10-position marble soda dispenser; originally in a Helena, Arkansas café that opened in 1888. Size: 161¼in long by 130in high. Estimate $60,000-$100,000

Antique soda fountain a sweet attraction at Morphy’s, Aug. 23-25

19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with lighted front fountain and Charles Lippincott 10-position marble soda dispenser; originally in a Helena, Arkansas café that opened in 1888. Size: 161¼in long by 130in high. Estimate $60,000-$100,000

19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with lighted front fountain and Charles Lippincott 10-position marble soda dispenser; originally in a Helena, Arkansas cafe that opened in 1888. Size: 161¼in long by 130in high. Estimate $60,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – Just as nightclubs are today’s social hubs, there was a time, more than a century ago, when the local soda fountain or soda shop was where people went for a light meal or wholesome refreshment in a cordial environment. Sometimes a soda fountain – named for the actual device that dispensed carbonated beverages – was found within a larger establishment, such as a drugstore or candy store. Soda fountain memorabilia is pure American nostalgia, and collectors revel in the opportunity to purchase such treasures from a source as esteemed as the Sharyn and Terry Brown collection, which highlights Morphy’s August 23-25 auction series.

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Morphy’s May 4-6 auction offers stellar antique coin-ops and advertising

JP Seeburg Style ‘G’ upright Art Style Orchestrion comprising piano, violin and flute pipes; mandolin attachment, bass and snare drums; tympani, cymbal and triangle. Exceptional volume. Electrically illuminated interior. VG condition with exceptional art glass. Estimate $40,000-$60,000

DENVER, Pa. – Long before the era of instant entertainment from TV, downloaded music and streaming videos, Americans could amuse themselves with a pocketful of change at an arcade. The thrilling atmosphere of those places, whether indoors or on a seaside boardwalk, resonated with the clanging and whirring of slot machines, the pinging of bagatelles, and orchestral tunes performed by mechanical music machines. Coin-ops were also found in saloons and other social establishments. Today, the mechanical entertainers of yesteryear are displayed in collections from coast to coast, often flanked by antique advertising signs of the same period. Many of the rarest and finest of all antique coin-ops and signs have passed through the doors of Morphy Auctions, which will hold its next sale of these popular specialties on May 4-6. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Morphy’s rolls out rare coin-ops, mechanical music, antique advertising, Nov. 4-6

Exquisite 1899 Mills ‘Double Dewey’ 5-cent and 25-cent musical slot machine, 68in tall, ornate cast-iron claw feet, reliefs of Admiral Dewey, and Mozart. Comes with keys. Estimate $40,000-$80,000

DENVER, Pa. – At the turn of the 20th century, a pocketful of nickels or quarters was all a patron needed for thrills and entertainment at a saloon, amusement arcade or gambling house. Remarkably, the price to operate the ingenious machines that once filled a room with music or paid out a jackpot has not changed, but finding fine examples of such machines is quite another matter. This explains why Morphy Auctions’ Coin-Op & Antique Advertising series is so popular with collectors. Morphy’s never fails to present a connoisseur’s selection of coin-ops and exquisite advertising signs that are rarely seen elsewhere. Their next specialty sale, November 4-6, will offer more than 1,500 choice lots over the three-day period.

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Canadian 1930s Goodrich Tires Mountie porcelain sign, estimated at CA$16,000-$20,000

Mountie magic at Miller & Miller May 15 sale

Canadian 1930s Goodrich Tires Mountie porcelain sign, estimated at CA$16,000-$20,000

Canadian 1930s Goodrich Tires Mountie porcelain sign, estimated at CA$16,000-$20,000

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A Goodrich Tires Mountie porcelain sign from the 1930s, a pair of circular Supertest Service Station double-sided porcelain hanging signs, and a 1930s Good Year Tires double-sided porcelain flange sign – all Canadian in origin – are just a few of the headliners in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana & Advertising auction, featuring the Bill McNevan collection, slated for May 15 at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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