Rich Penn holding two massive May sales in Iowa, Arizona

The month of May will feature two different Rich Penn Auction Events, featuring over 3,000 lots of toys, advertising, Teddy Roosevelt campaign items, country store, stoneware, carousel animals, Western and cowboy-cowgirl items, drug store, soda fountain, cars and petroliana, juke boxes, trade stimulators, arcade, vending and slot machines and a wide variety of other unusual items.

Penn announced for the first time they are “presenting two huge spring collector auction events, without reserve, in different parts of the country.” The May 1-2 auction will be held at the Riverside Casino and Event Center, in Riverside, Iowa. The May 28-30 auction will be held in Dewey, Ariz., just outside Prescott.

“From juke boxes to classic cars, this will be a fun auction!” says Penn of the May 1-2 auction in Riverside. Drug store and soda fountain collectors will find an array of signs, syrup dispensers, ice cream dippers, candy jars, peanut butter pails, straw dispensers and a huge variety of other soda fountain related pieces from the collection of Loren Gergens of Colorado.

Long time Iowa collector D.A. Horton assembled a world class collection of nearly 400 Teddy Roosevelt items. From campaign pins, badges and buttons, to signed documents, “Teddy” collectors will have an opportunity to bid on many rare and exceptional pieces. Another Iowa collector, the late Bill Powers, focused on many things, including automotive items, toys, juke boxes and coin-operated machines. Collectors will surely find his style and eclectic interests make for a fun auction. Nebraska collector, the late Gene Smith, spent a lifetime assembling one of the strongest collections of popcorn tins in America. His collection, featured in the AAAA newsletter in 2001, includes over 300 tins, many among the rarest.

The auction includes over 1,100 lots. Among the highlights is a “Girl Skipping Rope Mechanical Bank.” A coin activates the bank’s clockwork mechanism which assists the girl in moving up and down and turning her head while she skips rope. Intricately cast, this is an impressive mechanical bank in excellent condition. There are also a number of other cast iron toys and mechanical banks. Other toys include early Lehman windups and toys by Wyandotte, Marx and others. The cast iron toys include motorcycles. The 9-inch Harley-Davidson patrol motorcycle with sidecar and riders is one of the favorites. The piece has excellent original paint and decal. Cowboy and Western collectors will have a substantial selection of toy cap guns and other Western Cowboy character pieces. And if the auction activity gets over heated, collectors can buy one of several rare alcohol fans. These unusual devices burn alcohol and use the heat to drive a bladed fan. And if it’s not warm enough, there are two immaculately restored circa 1900 base burner stoves.

 The first auction on May 1-2, at the Riverside Casino, will have approximately 1,100 lots. The second auction in Prescott (Dewey), Ariz., is on Memorial Day weekend. Selling will start at noon on Friday, May 28, with about 800 uncataloged lots selling in two rings. The cataloged auction starts at 9 a.m. on both May 29 and May 30. There will be 1,400 lots sold in the cataloged part of that sale. Each cataloged session will also be broadcast for live Internet bidding through both iCollector and ProxiBid. Streaming video can be accessed from Penn’s Web site. Full color catalogs for both auctions will be available about one month before each auction. To order a catalog, or to get a complimentary flyer, call 319-291-6688. Additional information will be available at Penn is a member of both the National Auctioneers Association and The Iowa Auctioneers Association.

For additional information contact Rich Penn Auctions at 319-291-6688. ?

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