Wurlitzer tabletop jukebox ready to entertain at Miller & Miller, June 9-10

Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox on an original Wurlitzer model 810 stand, estimated at CA$14,000-$16,000
Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox on an original Wurlitzer model 810 stand, estimated at CA$14,000-$16,000
Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox on an original Wurlitzer model 810 stand, estimated at CA$14,000-$16,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has planned a pair of online auctions on back to back days: the first on Friday, June 9, dedicated entirely to toys, and the second on Saturday, June 10, featuring petroliana, advertising and coin-ops. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Magnificent machines tempt bidders at Preston Opportunities, Sept. 3

Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000
Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000
Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000

MACON, Ga. – Preston Opportunities will hold a Spectacular Coin-Op and Jukebox Auction on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, beginning at 9:30 am Eastern time on both days. Absentee and Internet live bidding for the September 3 session will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Music boxes signaled age of mechanical entertainment

A 15.5in Regina Corona style 35 music box with an art glass front and an eight-day Seth Thomas clock earned $27,500 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

 

A 15.5in Regina Corona style 35 music box with an art glass front and an eight-day Seth Thomas clock earned $27,500 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A 15.5in Regina Corona style 35 music box with an art glass front and an eight-day Seth Thomas clock earned $27,500 plus the buyer’s premium in June 2020. Image courtesy of Dan Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Music boxes, the iPods of centuries past, come in a variety of shapes and styles, from large, upright coin-op examples that were designed for boardwalks, arcades and other public venues, to smaller, more delicate models ideal for boudoirs and other private spaces.

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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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Go all-in for Potter & Potter’s gambling antiques, March 17-18

Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000
Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000
Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold a sale titled Gambling, Playing Cards & Chips on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, starting at 10 am Central time on both days. Thursday will feature playing cards, cheating paraphernalia, rare books and casino and gambling chips, and Friday’s lineup will showcase coin-op selections, vintage advertising and beer taps and knobs. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Indian Cubist painting tops $43K at Bruneau

Maqbool Fida Husain painting, $43,750
Maqbool Fida Husain painting, $43,750
Maqbool Fida Husain painting, $43,750

CRANSTON, R.I. – A dynamic Cubist horse painting by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011) sold for $43,750 in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Estate Fine Art & Antique Auction held September 30. The monotone composition of gray, black and white was the expected top lot of the auction and it did not disappoint, selling within estimate.

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