DENVER, Pa. – While a storybook cat with a talent for prognostication leaped to the top of prices realized at Morphy’s June 1 auction of antique advertising and coin-op machines, a vintage Coca-Cola advertising piece featuring Rip Van Winkle captured the attention of many bidders, as did a counter top Wulitzer jukebox, circa 1940s.
A late 19th century or early 20th century Puss in Boots the Fortune-Teller, encased in a
glass, wood and metal penny arcade machine complete with 100 fortune cards garnered the top bid of the day, selling for $21,0000. In all, the 537 auction lots grossed $610,000 (prices include 20 percent buyer’s premium).
The eight-piece Coca-Cola prototype window display depicting Rip Van Winkle and the Jolly Elves “pausing for refreshment” was bid to $7,800 against an estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. In the breweriana section, a 1900-1910 framed poster advertising Lorelei Beer of Helena, Montana, with an image of the fetching mermaid-like maiden of nautical lore, achieved an above-estimate $3,900.
Other highlights of the advertising and coin-op machine auction include a:
• Scarce circa 1910-20 Phoenix Pure paint curved porcelain corner sign, the image of a Native American boy holding a hand mirror and applying paint to his face exceeded its presale estimate and closed at $15,600.
• Eveready Flashlights/Batteries/Mazda Lamps figural flange sign doubled its high estimate in realizing $6,000
• Sign advertising Frazer Axle Grease, with a detailed image of two horse-drawn wagon drivers discussing a wheel mishap, fetched $4,800
• Another standout was a Boston Locomotive Works four-color chromolithographed builder’s print, dated 1858, with the image of a steam-powered passenger engine ($4,200).
A collection of more than 150 gambling, vending and other coin-operated machines were also offered. A Pace’s “Kitty” slot machine in vibrant primary colors on metal reached $7,200; while a Wurlitzer Model 71 countertop jukebox, manufactured around 1940-1941,
made the midpoint of its estimate range at $5,400.
Morphy’s next auction featuring antique advertising will be held August 6. A General Antiques auction is slated for August 20, and a major Toys & Sports Memorabilia sale will follow September 7. For additional information, contact Morphy Auctions at 717-335-3435 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.morphyauctions.com.