Morphy Auctions, the Denver-based auction house, will host a three-day auction Nov. 4-6, featuring classic gaming, entertainment and advertising machines.
Fans of antique coin-operated and mechanical music machines can hit the jackpot with a chance to bid on over 1,500 lots, including rare machines from the 19th and early 20th century. Auctions begin at 9 a.m. on the three auction days, and bidders can participate live or take advantage of the remote auction option through morphyauctions.com.
The auction comprises 122 music machines, including a rare Star Trade Register music trade stimulator machine, which is one of the few known working examples and was part of a short production run and bears the number “38”.
“It is an extremely rare machine under all conditions,” Morphy Auctions president Dan Morphy said in a press release. “Finding one in excellent working order, as immaculate as this one, is almost unheard of. “
The estimate is $ 75,000 to $ 125,000.
Another highlight among the musical machine lots is a classic 1899 Mills “Double Dewey” 5-cent and 25-cent musical slot machine with claw feet and images of Admiral Dewey and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The music machine plays a short melody on each turn and is estimated to be between $ 40,000 and $ 80,000.
Another interesting item available at the November 4-6 auction is an International Mutoscope Reel Co. coin-operated “Grandmother Predictions” fortune teller from around 1931. The machine, in excellent condition, includes a wooden crate and nickel castings and is valued between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000.
There are also over 800 sets of vintage advertisements featuring signs promoting automobiles as well as alcohol, tobacco and soft drink products. A framed “Smith’s Kidney Pllls” sign has an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.
A 154-inch by 83-inch 1940-1950 neon sign for the iconic Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles is estimated to be between $ 40,000 and $ 80,000. Dozens of other neon signs, including signs advertising Bob’s Big Boy, Johnny Rocket’s, Van de Kamp’s Bakery, and other restaurants are available.
A unique specialty item available at the auction November 4-6 is a restored 1912 Cretors & Co. upgraded # 2 popcorn wagon with a peppermint striped canopy. The popcorn machine has an estimate of $ 5,000 to $ 10,000. Other specialty items featured in the auction include pinball machines, jukeboxes, cash registers and more.
The auction will run live November 4-6 starting at 9 a.m. at the Morphy Gallery, located at 2000 N. Reading Road in Denver. And online at morphyauctions.com. Previews are available by appointment. For more information, call 877-968-8880 or visit morphyauctions.com.