Historic Enchanted Village holiday display to be auctioned

BOSTON—Stanley J. Paine Auctioneers has announced that it will auction off the Historic Enchanted Village Holiday Display in a live on-site and online auction at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, at Three Dolphin Way in South Boston, and online at www.paineauctioneersonline.com.

The Enchanted Village is an animated re-creation of a New England village at Christmas time that has captivated Boston’s holiday shoppers since the 1940s.

To be auctioned in its entirety, the Enchanted Village will appeal to any retail, theme park, exhibition center, entertainment or sporting facility that draws large holiday crowds. Stanley J. Paine Auctioneers will hold a three-day preview of the Enchanted Village June 15-17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Qualified bidders who put up a refundable $25,000 deposit will be able to closely examine the display on those days.

Occupying 8,000 square feet, the Historic Enchanted Village is an animated re-creation of a holiday scene in a traditional New England town. Scenes include 59 figures of both adults and children, as well as additional figures of bears, dogs, cats and horses. The average lifelike figure is 4 feet 8 inches tall.

Visiting the Enchanted Village has been a cherished holiday tradition for generations of New Englanders. In the 1930s, David Callahan, a buyer and vice president of the Massachusetts-based department store chain Jordan Marsh, negotiated with toy makers in Bavaria to bring to Boston the handmade electromechanical animated figures and items that comprise the Historic Enchanted Village. Jordan Marsh began displaying the Historic Enchanted Village inside its flagship Downtown Crossing store at 450 Washington Street for the holiday season in the 1940s. The Historic Enchanted Village continued to be displayed by both Jordan’s and the City of Boston virtually every holiday season until 2006.

Stanley J. Paine Auctioneers is a professional full service auction marketing company. For more information, go to www.paineauctioneersonline.com.